Auto accidents can occur anywhere, at any time. When an accident occurs, many drivers get so disoriented and confused that it makes it difficult for them to think clearly. The stress of an accident can cause victims to do or say irrational things, which is why it’s important to try and stay calm. It is also important to remember that you can take steps to protect your rights if you or a loved one have been involved in an accident. Here are car accident do’s and don’ts for Tennessee drivers:
Make Sure All Passengers Are Safe
Vehicle damage should be a secondary concern to the health and safety of all passengers, including those in other vehicles. If it’s safe to do so, those injured should remain where they are until first responders arrive.
Regardless of the extent of injuries, you should always report accidents to the police. Always be truthful to the authorities and provide all relevant details. However, you should refrain from saying too much, including admitting guilt to the accident, even if you believe you were at fault. Often, circumstances beyond a driver’s knowledge may have contributed to a wreck, and you don’t want to say anything that will potentially hurt your case.
Take Plenty of Photos, Videos, and Notes
Document as much as possible on the scene, including photos, videos, and notes of what you believe took place. If you are too injured to do so, get a healthy passenger or bystander to assist you.
Exchange Information With Other Driver(s)
Be sure to write the names and numbers of everyone involved in the accident, including other passengers and witnesses. However, it would be best if you refrained from texting or contacting the other parties involved in your accident. Allow your attorney to handle all communications on your behalf, including talking with the insurance companies.
Request Medical Assistance
Even if you don’t feel hurt, it’s important to have documentation and undergo a complete medical checkup at the scene or immediately afterward in an emergency room. Oftentimes, injuries from an accident do not manifest until days or weeks after the incident.
Contact an Experienced Accident Attorney
If you are an accident victim, you must seek an experienced personal injury lawyer for guidance and help. Your lawyer will assist you in dealing with all aspects of your case and protecting your rights as an accident victim. Do not wait! Time is of the essence, and you should seek representation as soon as possible after the incident happens.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident and are unsure what to say or do, call us for a free and confidential consultation, and we will evaluate your case at no charge to you. Our firm works on a contingency fee basis, meaning there is no cost to you unless compensation has been obtained through a settlement or verdict. We hope you enjoyed reading over these car accident do’s and don’ts for Tennessee drivers!
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