What should you do if you have a car accident in Tennessee

26 October 2010 Categories: All Blogs, Car Accident, Personal Injury

What to do if you have a Car Accident in Tennessee
Below is a brief checklist of things to keep in mind if you are in a car accident while traveling in Tennessee.

1. Remain Calm
Remaining calm is easier said than done, but you should take a moment after any accident to relax and attempt to gather yourself. This will help you can analyze the extent of any injuries you or anyone else in your car might have. Many times people involved in an accident are in shock and are hurt more than they are initially aware.

2. Call 911 or the Police
If there are any serious injuries you should call 911 to get an ambulance. If there are no serious injuries, the next step you should take is to call the police. The police officer will come to do an investigation and issue a report. These reports can be obtained from the police headquarters usually a week or so after the accident.

3. Take Pictures
Don’t forget that many cell phones have a digital cameras that can record pictures and videos. This evidence can be crucial to help determine which driver is at fault and the extent of any damage in the accident. If you don’t have a phone with a camera, it would be a great idea to buy a disposable camera to keep in your car along with other emergency supplies.

4. Exchange Information
It is always a good idea to exchange as much information with anyone else involved in the accident as you can. You should not rely on the police report to have everything. If you can obtain any other driver’s license #, insurance carrier and policy number, phone number, full name and address, it can be beneficial to moving any property or injury claim forward in a timely matter.

5. Obtain Witness Information
If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure to get their names, addresses, and phone numbers if at all possible. You will want the witnesses to write down their recollections of the accident while it is still fresh on their minds.

6. See a Doctor
If you suffer any injuries or develop injuries as a result of the accident, you should see your primary care physician as soon as possible so they may determine the extent of the injuries and help you with a plan moving forward.

7. Contact a Lawyer
If you are injured and are having trouble communicating with either your insurance company or the insurance company of another driver, you should contact an attorney to see if legal representation would help you in your case. We suggest contacting a licensed Tennessee attorney before you sign any settlement agreement to cover injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

If you have any further questions or concerns about an accident that occurred in Tennessee, McNulty & Associates offers free personal injury consultations. Call us today at 615-829-8250!

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