The aftermath of a car accident is an overwhelming, frustrating, and intimidating time for victims like you. Not only are you in pain and possibly in need of serious medical attention, but you also may unsure of your next steps.
At Matt Hardin Law, our Murfreesboro Personal Injury & Car Accident Attorneys have helped many clients who felt confused and uncertain about their future after their accidents. Instead of bombarding you with information, we created this list of the top 5 things to do after a car accident to better protect your health and chances of getting compensation.
While this list isn’t inclusive of everything, it does include some of the most important steps. If you have questions or additional concerns about the aftermath of your accident, feel free to contact us at (615) 600-4941 or fill out a free online form.
After a car accident, your top priority should always be making sure you and your family members get proper medical treatment. Call 911 immediately after your accident and wait for emergency crews to arrive. If anyone is seriously injured, allow them to be transported to the hospital. It’s also important for anyone who doesn’t appear to have injuries to get check out by a doctor to rule out internal injuries or bleeding.
Get contact information from the other driver, including his or her name, phone number, address, and insurance provider. Don’t admit fault for the accident at any point during the conversation—even if you think you might have caused the collision. Let the police and your attorney work through the details of who caused the crash, because in many cases, drivers turn out to be innocent after thinking they were originally at-fault.
In Tennessee, most insurance companies require that drivers report all accidents to them within a reasonable time frame. To protect your rights to compensation, call your insurance provider as soon as possible after your accident and tell them about the accident. However, don’t volunteer extra information or admit fault for the accident, as that can jeopardize your claim.
If you’re healthy enough to do so, write down as many details about the crash as you can remember as soon as possible. Include details like which lane you were driving in, which lane the other driver was in, whether the other driver was speeding or ran a stop sign or traffic light, and any other relevant information. You should also take pictures of the crash scene, including any damage to your vehicle before you leave.
Without a law firm that knows Tennessee car accident laws on your side, it can be difficult to get the full compensation you deserve. Many insurance companies offer their clients initial settlement offers that aren’t nearly enough to cover all of their expenses, but with an attorney advising you, you’ll be able to negotiate a much larger and fair settlement for your medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle repairs.
Don’t let the insurance company take advantage of you, and don’t take on the burden of your accident alone. Call Matt Hardin Law today, and let us help you get your life back on track after your car accident.