Taking action after a minor crash | protecting your rights
I’ve created several videos talking about the 3 things you should do after a car crash to protect your rights. This video is about WHY you need to do those 3 things.
# Take the example of a typical minor car crash. Little damage and minor injuries that resolve quickly. But, even a minor crash can, sometimes, cause severe injuries. Days after an accident, a victim may start to notice that his or her injury is not getting better. In fact, it’s getting worse. They eventually go to the doctor, only to find out that they need significant medical care.
I had a client with that exact situation. He got T-boned by a guy who ran a stop sign. He thought the car crash had just sprained the muscles in his neck. Typical whiplash. He got a little PT, and assumed it would resolve. But as the weeks went by, he started to drop things and couldn’t turn door knobs. He was losing feeling in his hands. Well, your hands are controlled by nerves that exit your spine in your neck. That’s where he was injured. So, his doctor suspected a more severe problem than whiplash, and requested an MRI. The MRI showed that he had a severely ruptured disc in his neck that was compressing his spinal cord. He had to have emergency surgery the next day. To this day, he has pain and very limited range of motion in his neck.
# What would happen to you at that point if you had not called the police? What would happen if you had just shaken hands with the other driver, and let him or her leave without getting Insurance information? Or, suppose you got their insurance information, but then later, when you contact their insurance company, they tell you that they’re insured is now saying that you were the one at fault? You could be stuck paying those medical bills yourself, and with no one to pay your lost wages from missing work.
If you think that doesn’t happen, you’re sadly mistaken. At fault drivers will leave the scene of an accident and begin to think:
“No one called the police. No one took my statement about what happened. With no pictures, no statements, and no police report, it’s their word against mine.”
Trust me, it happens. And at that point, you’re going to play hell trying to get the damages to your vehicle, and your medical bills, paid for.
# That’s WHY it’s important to take steps to protect your rights after a car crash, even a minor one.
# I’m Kirk Piccione, and I’ve been representing people in all kinds of car crashes and trucking accidents for over 30 years. I’ve seen it happen. So check out my other videos detailing the 3 things you should do after a car crash to protect your rights.
James Kirk Piccione APLC
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Lafayette, LA 70503
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“Trial by jury is the palladium of our liberties. I do not know what a palladium is, but it is a good thing no doubt at any rate.” Mark Twain