What to do if you’ve been involved in a car accident
What happens next after a collision on the road?
Car accidents can be anything from a minor inconvenience to a devastating experience, and the best way to handle it can vary depending on the severity of the accident.
Very often, you may need the help of an experienced auto accident attorney to help protect your rights and hold those responsible accountable. In other situations, you may need to simply file an insurance claim. Below is a simple checklist of the steps you should take after most accidents, and other steps you should consider for more severe accidents.
Minor auto accident checklist
In the event of a minor car accident, this list is a useful starting point.
- Pull your vehicle away from traffic: If it is possible, and turn the vehicle off.
- Report the accident to local law enforcement: Accidents that cause a personal injury, death or property damage of greater than just $50 need to be reported. When law enforcement agents arrive, be polite and courteous.
- Don’t move the injured: If anyone is injured, try not to move them until emergency medical professionals are on site.
- Trade information: Trade insurance and contact information with the other driver. Tennessee has minimum insurance requirements for bodily injury and property damage, so be sure to have your proof of insurance in your vehicle and ask for the other driver’s. Your insurance is also required to include coverage for uninsured motorists under Tennessee law.
Other steps for serious auto accidents
Many accidents will be much more serious than a simple fender bender. In this event you may need to take additional steps beyond the basic ones outlined above. If you have been injured, the above steps may not be possible, and are often insufficient. In this case, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney like those at Kidwell, South, Beasley and Haley to help protect your interests. This is especially true if there are major injuries or damages to your property.
Very often, the insurance company for the other driver may seek to collect facts or statements from you very shortly after the accident. If you have been injured, it is often best to decline comments until consulting with your legal counsel, as the insurance company may try to trick you into waiving your rights or claiming responsibility. Tennessee has a fault system for car accidents, so liability will lie with the at-fault driver.
Contact a Murfreesboro car accident attorney after your car accident
If you have been in a car accident, an experienced attorney can help. Contact us online or at 615-893-1331 for more information on how our team can help you.