What To Do If Injured In A Car Accident In Tennessee
This is what to do if injured in a car accident in the state of Tennessee. Tennessee Accident Law wants to help you make sure you protect your case and the evidence so that you can make a proper claim for injuries suffered due to a car accident. This is not intended to be legal advice. Should you want to speak with an attorney, please feel free to contact us and attorney will be happy to discuss your case for free.
The Scene of the Accident
The first thing you do immediately following an accident is call 911. You should do this on matter how big or small the accident was. Don’t let the at fault driver talk you out of calling the police. The police will make a report of the accident, noting all information, including your injuries and property damage. The police accident report will be an important building block for your personal injury claim. Therefore, you need to make sure that you provide all the information you can. As well, don’t rely on the police to take pictures of the accident scene. Make sure you take photos of both vehicles, where they ended up, and any other important visuals from the scene of the accident.
Immediately After the Accident
If you are injured, you should accept medical treatment at the scene of the accident and describe, in detail, all of your complaints. If the paramedics think it’s necessary for you to be seen at the hospital, do not refuse transfer. Although you may feel fine, most of the time you are in shock and your pain and injuries are not noticeable. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Let a hospital physician do a thorough examination to ensure that you are okay or that you can be treated safely.
Should you not go to the hospital but have sustained injuries, it is important that you are seen by a physician. Do not be seen by medical providers that only advertise to those who are injured in a car accident. These doctors are often known as “personal injury doctors” and insurance companies know exactly who they are. This hurts the credibility of your case. At worst, you can always walk into an urgent care facility if needed. If you have a primary doctor, this may be your best starting point, as they can refer you to the types of physicians who can treat your specific injuries.
Contact Your Insurance Company and Defendant’s Insurance Company
As soon as you are able, it is important to speak with your insurance company to let them know that you’ve been in an accident. They will begin an investigation into the accident, along with contacting the defendant or at-fault driver’s insurance company too. Your insurance company will also let you know what coverage you have under your policy, which could include medical benefits to help you obtain the treatment you need.
This may spark the defendant’s insurance company to contact you. You have no obligation to provide a statement, so be sure to not provide one until you follow the next step.
Get an Attorney
If you are injured as a result of a car accident, before you speak to anyone else, speak to a car accident lawyer with Tennessee Accident Law or any injury firm.
Here’s what we will do for you should you decide to hire a Tennessee Accident Law Firm attorney:
- Get a thorough understanding of the defendant’s negligence and the extent of your injuries;
- Gather all evidence and investigate the scene of the accident;
- Question witnesses, which includes at the scene of the accident, your personal witnesses, and the medical team that treats you;
- Request documentation from defendants and all relevant sources;
- Work with medical experts to understand your injuries and how they impact your life now and in the future;
- Review documents, photos, and videos; and
- Work with experts who can help create a better understanding of the accident, your injuries, and damages.
Your attorney will take everything above and use it to fight for you. Remember, most cases resolve in a settlement, but if not, we’ll take your fight to court.
What Should You Do Next?
If you haven’t already, contact a personal injury attorney and receive a free consultation for your case. This is your opportunity to speak with a lawyer and ask questions about your case. There is no cost or obligation for you to speak with a lawyer.
Moreover, an attorney can help you understand your rights and preserve important evidence and information. We can help you understand how you can obtain a recovery for your injuries and maximize the recovery for your case.
Thank you for visiting Tennessee Accident Law and if we can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us for additional help. We are available 24 hours a day via our chat link or via the contact form.
Personal injury cases are already difficult enough, you don’t have to do it alone.