Getting in a car accident is scary, and most people experience shock and become unable to think and act logically, especially if the wreck was not their fault. Understanding what to do immediately after an accident can keep everyone involved safe and set you up for success in the future should you suffer an injury.
There were nearly 70,000 possible injuries due to traffic crashes in Tennessee between 2010 and 2021, according to the state’s Department of Safety and Homeland Security. The following steps might help you receive compensation for a minor to severe injury from an auto accident.
1. Check that everyone is safe
Immediately following the wreck, check yourself and all passengers in your vehicle for injury. If anyone cannot move due to serious injury, make sure that person stays put and waits for assistance.
2. Move to a safe location, if possible
If everyone involved can walk, exit the car and move to the side of the road. This can prevent further injuries if another vehicle strikes the crashed cars.
3. Call law enforcement
Even minor fender benders should result in a call to 911. Law enforcement will fill out an accident report that you can use when seeking compensation for an injury.
4. Get information from the other driver
Obtain important insurance and personal information from the other driver, but avoid discussing the accident in detail, including who was at fault.
5. Document the accident
Take photos of both vehicles, ask for a copy of the accident report and talk to witnesses, if possible. This information is often necessary when filing an insurance claim.
If you end up with an injury caused by a car accident, you will be glad that you took these steps to support a potential personal injury case.