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What should I do after a car wreck in Tennessee?

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If you were involved in an accident, you are probably quite shaken and upset and may have been injured. After a car wreck in Tennessee, there are several things you should do right away to protect your rights.

Steps To Take After A Car Accident

  • Call 911 and explain there has been an accident and if any injuries occurred. The 911 operator will send police and an ambulance to the scene. The police will write a report of the accident, which will help you later in filing a claim.
  • Determine whether you or anyone else at the scene was injured. This includes passengers in your vehicle and any other involved parties.
  • Do not accept responsibility or fault for the accident. The police will ask each party what happened and write up an account of each person’s story of the accident to include in the police report.
  • Exchange contact information with the other driver, including name, address, phone numbers and insurance company information.
  • Get contact information for any witnesses.
  • If you are able, write down or photograph what kind of car the other person was driving and their license plate number.
  • Taking pictures has become very easy with cellphones. Get photos of the vehicle damage for all vehicles involved, if possible. This can help insurance adjusters to determine liability for the accident based on where one vehicle struck the other.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as you can after the accident.

You should know that it is a crime to leave the scene of an accident you were involved in. Leaving could cause you to be ticketed and fined. Once the police arrive and have gotten your statement, you can ask them if you may go.

Taking these steps after a car accident in Tennessee can help preserve critical evidence such as witness statements. The sooner that an accident gets reported, the better, too, because people will remember details the closer they are relaying them to when the accident happened.

Disclaimer: The answer is intended to be for informational purposes only. It should not be relied on as legal advice, nor construed as a form of attorney-client relationship.

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