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Avoid These Common Mistakes After Your Tennessee Car Accident

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Jacksboro personal injury attorneyBeing in a car accident in a jarring experience, even if it is just a small fender bender. Experiencing a car accident can cloud your judgement and cause you to make decisions that may make sense at the time but that are not good decisions in the long term. You may already know what steps you should take if you have been in a car accident, but you should also know what steps you should not take, as there are things that you can do that can actually prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve.

Understanding Common Mistakes

If you have been in an accident that was the fault of another driver, you have the right to seek compensation from them, but certain actions could prevent that from happening. Here are a few common mistakes that people have made after they have been in a car accident that could prevent them from receiving compensation:

  • Not calling the police at the scene of the accident. If you get into any kind of car accident, you should always call the police to the scene, even if you do not think it is necessary. When the police arrive, they are required to make a report. This report will contain valuable information that you can use as you build your case, such as taking photographs, tracking down witnesses and gathering statements from the other driver and witnesses.
  • Not seeking immediate medical attention. It is always a mistake if you decide not to get checked out by a medical professional after a car accident. Even if you do not feel as if you have been injured, you should visit a physician, as some car accident injuries are not visible to the naked eye or may take hours or days to manifest. The longer you wait to see a doctor, the more difficult it may be for you to make a case for your injury.
  • Not filing your case within the appropriate amount of time. In the state of Tennessee, there is a limited amount of time during which you can file a personal injury claim for injuries sustained during a car accident. In Tennessee, you have up to one year from the date of the injury to file a claim. If you wait longer than a year, you may have a harder time claiming compensation.
  • Accepting blame for the accident. Another mistake you should never make is admitting you were at fault for the accident. This can either prevent you from claiming compensation for your accident or significantly lower the amount that you are awarded. In Tennessee, you can still recover compensation from a car accident, as long as you are not found to be more than 50 percent responsible for the accident.

Speak With Our Campbell County Car Accident Injury Attorney Today

If you have been in a car accident, it is important that you speak with a knowledgeable Jacksboro, TN car accident injury lawyer as soon as possible. At the Law Office of William F. Evans, we will work tirelessly to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call our office anytime 24/7 at 423-449-7980.

 

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