Being informed about your health, your rights, and your chances of receiving compensation is one of the best ways to begin the recovery process after a car accident. At Matt Hardin Law, our Franklin car accident attorneys are dedicated not only to helping our clients get the money they deserve after their accidents, but we’re also dedicated to helping people like you learn as much as possible about what to expect in the days to come.
To learn more about the legal process after a car accident, check out this list of frequently asked questions. And if you still have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact our legal team. Just dial fill out a free online form to get in touch with our attorneys. We’re here to answer your questions and fight for your rights.
Should I move my car after a car accident?
Unless you or someone else suffered serious injuries in the accident, it’s safer for you and other drivers if you move any vehicles out of traffic and to the shoulder of the road. Tennessee law protects drivers from being considered at-fault for accidents if they move their vehicles after collisions.In addition, leaving your car in the roadway can make you vulnerable to oncoming traffic, and many car accident victims can become victims for a second time due to distracted drivers not seeing disabled vehicles up ahead.
What evidence will my attorney look for?
There are several pieces of evidence your attorney will look for to build your claim, including:
Accident scene debris
Everything from paint chips, rubber from tires, broken pieces of your bumper, and other physical evidence of the crash itself can be collected and analyzed by your attorney to prove the other driver’s negligence.
Traffic camera footage
If your accident occurred at an intersection or near a business with cameras, we can obtain footage of the accident to get clear evidence of the circumstances of the crash.
Police and medical reports
Even if we can prove the accident occurred and wasn’t your fault, that may not be enough for the insurance company. That’s why we’ll also collect the police report of the accident and even your medical report that explains your injuries and how they were related to the accident.
In addition to physical evidence of the crash, our attorneys also interview witnesses of the accident to get firsthand reports of what happened. Witness testimony can help strengthen your claim and our case that the other driver’s negligence caused the accident.
How soon after my accident should I call an attorney?
It’s best to call an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Tennessee car accidents not only have one-year statute of limitations to file claims for compensation, but evidence related to your accident can also quickly disappear. The more evidence our attorneys have to work with, the better your chances are of getting full compensation. That’s why it’s vital to call right away while we still have time to collect and analyze evidence, speak with witnesses, and prepare a strong claim for you and your family
Will I have to go trial?
In most cases, our car accident clients don’t have to go to trial. In fact, our method of recovering compensation means that the majority of our cases settle out of court—which means we negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to get the money you deserve and the case ends.
However, if the insurance company refuses to pay you the full amount of compensation you need for your medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses, we won’t hesitate to take your case to trial. If that happens, rest assured that you can leave the hard work up to us. We painstakingly prepare every case from the beginning as if it’s going to trial, and we’re not afraid to stand up to the insurance company to protect your rights to get the money you need.