A Tennessee car accident is traumatic for anyone who is involved. However, in that situation, it’s crucial to keep a level head to ensure that you do everything right.
Check for injuries and go to a safe spot
Immediately after car accidents, it’s easy for people to go into shock. However, the first thing to do is to check for injuries. Make sure you aren’t hurt; check on your passengers and others to see if they have suffered injuries. If you’re able to do so, get to safety by moving your vehicle out of the path of traffic. If your car is immovable, get out and move to the shoulder.
Accidents resulting in significant property damage and injuries must be reported to the police. Call 911 to summon police officers and to secure emergency medical assistance. When they arrive, an officer can make an accident report. Get the officer’s name and badge number and ask where to obtain a copy.
Don’t make conversation with the other driver involved in the accident; stick to exchanging names, contact information, insurance information and driver’s license and license plate numbers. If the other driver is at fault for the collision, you can later file a claim against their insurance. Find witnesses and get their information as well.
Document the scene
Take photos from all angles. Show the damage to your vehicle and skidmarks on the road. Keep a journal noting details from the accident.
Seek medical attention
Get immediate medical attention. Even if you think you’re fine, you might have internal injuries that require assistance. It’s better to err on the side of caution; your health should always come first.
Unfortunately, accidents happen; these steps can help make the aftermath easier.