WHAT TO DO FOLLOWING A CAR ACCIDENT IN TENNESSEE
For the most part, few people in Clinton, and throughout Tennessee, actually plan to be involved in a motor vehicle collision. However, crashes can, and often do, occur. According to a crash data report by the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there were more than 174,000 auto accidents in 2014 alone. Many of these wrecks resulted in serious injury and, in some cases, death, for those involved.
At Cantrell, Goodge & Associate we often consult with people who were injured in collisions, and were unprepared following their accidents. In this post, we will discuss what motorists should do following car accidents in Tennessee.
Motor vehicle accidents are often scary and stressful for those who are involved. As such, one of the most important things for motorists to do immediately following a collision is to try to remain calm. This can help them to better assess the situation in order to determine whether anyone has been injured. In situations when someone has been injured, or it seems unsafe to try and exit the vehicle, it is generally best to call 911 and wait in the vehicle for emergency assistance. While waiting for help, it is advisable to turn on the auto’s hazard lights.
Often, law enforcement officers will respond to the scene of an accident and take a report. These reports generally include details regarding what cause the accident, as well as the names and addresses of those involved. Should those who were injured choose to take legal action, such reports may be helpful in proving fault and liability. Drivers should be cautious not to admit they were at fault. Doing so could be held against them later, even if they were not responsible for the crash.
In some cases, authorities may not go to the accident scene. This is frequently the case with minor collisions. Drivers in these situations should exchange information with the other motorists involved, including getting their names and insurance information. Furthermore, it may be helpful to document the scene by taking pictures of the vehicles and the area where the accident occurred. It can also be important to get the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed the wreck.
To learn more about the options of injured passengers, please visit our car accidents page.