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What to do after a car crash

What to do after a car crash

| Jul 1, 2020 | Uncategorized

Motorists who are involved in car accidents in Tennessee or any other state are required to remain at the scene until help arrives. Individuals are encouraged to remain calm and stay as far away from traffic as possible. If it’s safe to do so, drivers should move their vehicles to the roadside or a nearby parking lot. If a car cannot be moved, it is advisable to use flares or cones to protect it.

Generally speaking, it is not a good idea to move people who have sustained significant injuries. Injured drivers or passengers should remain where they are until trained medical personnel can assess their condition and take further steps to help them. Ideally, drivers will not admit that they were at fault for the accident or agree to not report the accident to their insurance companies.

Instead, individuals should send a copy of the police report and other relevant information to their insurance providers as quickly as possible. A person who has been involved in a car crash should take photos of the crash scene and obtain statements from witnesses. It is recommended that everyone involved in an accident get the name and badge number of the officer who compiled the crash report.

A motor vehicle accident victim may receive compensation from the party who was liable for the crash. Compensation may help pay for medical bills and other expenses, such as the cost of replacing a vehicle or other items that were destroyed in the collision. Plaintiffs may use photos, witness statements or other evidence to bolster their chances of obtaining favorable settlements or jury awards. An attorney may assist those who are seeking to hold others accountable for their actions.