In the aftermath of a car accident, drivers should follow certain steps to protect themselves financially and legally.
Car accidents happen every day on the roads in Tennessee and Kentucky. Additionally, according to estimates by the insurance industry, a person is involved in a car accident at least every 17.9 years, on average. This means that most people will be involved in at least three to four collisions during the course of their lifetime. For this reason, drivers should be aware of how to handle the aftermath of a car accident to protect themselves legally, financially and emotionally.
Immediately After An Accident
After the car accident occurs, drivers should do their best to stay calm and take a deep breath if need be. Drivers should also do the following:
- All parties involved should be checked for injuries. An ambulance should be called if anyone is hurt or if speculation about an injury occurs.
- If the accident did not result in significant damage, all involved vehicles should be moved to the side of the road so they are out of the way of traffic.
- Warning triangles, hazard lights and cones should be used to warn other drivers in the area about the accident scene.
- Even if the accident is relatively minor, the police should be notified right away.
In addition to taking these steps, drivers should contact their insurance provider to notify them of the accident as soon as possible.
There are also several other steps drivers involved in a car accident should take once the immediate actions listed above have been taken. First, drivers should make personal notes about the accident, including what vehicles were involved, how the accident happened and who the witnesses were.
Second, drivers should refrain from admitting fault for the accident, even if they believe they contributed to its occurrence. Finally, drivers should refrain from talking about the accident and how it happened with anyone but their insurance provider, law enforcement officials and attorney.
Contact An Attorney
Those involved or injured in a car accident in Tennessee and Kentucky may experience serious emotional, psychological, physical and financial harm. These effects can last for extended periods of time and even affect the way victims are able to live their daily life moving forward.
In the aftermath of a car accident, those involved should reach out to an attorney in their area as soon as possible. Doing so can help drivers assert their legal rights and ensure they receive fair and proper compensation for any suffered short and long-term damages.