David Greene from Greene & Phillips appeared on Studio 10 to talk about the different types of car wrecks. Accidents range in levels of severity and the type of crash you have may determine how to approach your case after an accident.
David Greene answered these questions about how crashes may differ.
Let’s start with a single vehicle accident. What is a single vehicle accident and how might a lawyer help after one?
A single vehicle accident is one where there’s a just one vehicle, and for whatever reason it hits a tree or a building or a sign. Often if you are the driver of the vehicle there is not going to be any recovery that you can get. There are certain circumstances where that’s not true including cases that involve phantom vehicles and product liability cases and it’s worth talking to an attorney to find out if you may have a case. If you are a passenger in the vehicle that was in a wreck, you sometimes have a case too. Another possible reason is if you are on the job and driving for work. So it’s very important to talk to an attorney to find out.
Secondly, let’s talk about fender benders. What’s going on there?
Well like it sounds a fender bender is a low impact accident that happens when someone who’s not paying attention or who is distracted runs into the vehicle in front of them. Often, there’s not much damage and injuries can be minor. The important thing to remember with a fender bender is that if there is any damage to your vehicle there very likely is damage to you. Several days later you may discover symptoms of whiplash or an achy back as a result of the accident. There are often times when severe injuries can result from a minor accident. That’s why it’s so important to get medical treatment as soon as you can after your accident. We get fender bender cases all the time. The vast majority of them are caused by the person in the rear, but there are occasions when that’s not the case. So it’s very important that you contact an attorney to see what your options are.
What about more serious crashes?
Unfortunately more serious accidents do occur and the more damage done to the car often means more damage to the body. These cases can be very complex, the scenes may need to be independently investigated to figure out the at-fault driver. Of course it’s imperative that you seek medical attention right away.
Finally we have commercial carrier crashes. What’s a commercial carrier?
These are you wrecks involving a big truck or a vehicle that is owned by a company. Obviously a wreck with an 18-wheeler can be completely devastating considering the size and weight of these trucks. Also the amount of a settlement can be much more than in the other cases, because companies tend to have a lot of insurance in case something goes wrong. To make sure you get as much money as you can from your accident, make sure to seek medical attention then call an attorney who deals with this sort of case.
And Greene & Phillips has a mobile app to walk people through the steps after an accident?
Yes, it’s a great thing to go ahead and download in case you are an accident, then it walks you through the steps of exactly what to do, so you don’t end up a few weeks later wishing you had made your case a little better.