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What to do After You are Injured in a Car Accident

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In the state of Tennessee, there were more than 497,000 reported motor vehicle collisions throughout 2017, including over 30,000 in which at least one passenger suffered injuries. Tragically, more than 1,000 people ultimately died due to injuries suffered in car accidents, statewide. 

If you or a loved one are injured in a motor vehicle collision, the related expenses, including vehicle damage, loss of work hours, and medical bills, can be significant. After being involved in a car accident, the first step is to check the medical condition of all passengers and to seek medical treatment for any injuries suffered. It is important to act quickly after an accident to help your chances of securing financial compensation for your injuries.

Document Information 

In the immediate aftermath of a car accident, if you or any member of your party is able, document information from the scene of the collision, as it can prove invaluable as your attorney seeks compensation. First, speak with the other driver involved and document their insurance information. If witnesses are present at the scene, be sure to take down their name, address, and contact information. If a witness can confirm the other driver was negligent, that statement can expedite the legal process. 

Understand the Insurance Situation

Drivers are legally required to carry liability insurance in case of a motor vehicle collision. Unfortunately, some drivers have recently expired insurance plans or no insurance at all. In these cases, they will have to pay for expenses out of pocket if the plaintiff is awarded compensation as part of a personal injury lawsuit. If the defendant cannot afford the payments, your attorney may be able to pursue compensation through placing liens on the defendant’s property or garnishing wages. Understanding the other party’s insurance situation can have an impact on your attorney’s legal strategy. Before you speak to your insurance company or the other driver’s, contact an injury lawyer who can ensure you are legally protected.

Be Transparent with Your Attorney

In order for an attorney-client relationship to work properly, there must be a certain level of trust. This means that you need to divulge all aspects of the collision to your attorney. If you believe you may have been partially at fault for the collision, withholding that information could cost you. If you were partially at fault, you can still recover compensation. Tennessee is a modified comparative negligence state, meaning the damages you recover from the collision will be reduced based on your share of the blame. If you were to recover $100,000 in injury compensation but the judge determines that you were 30 percent at fault, you will get $70,000. Speaking honestly with your attorney can be critical in helping them develop a strategy that will ensure you are awarded the compensation you deserve. 

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Car Accident Lawyer 

At The Law Office of William F. Evans, we understand how traumatic a car accident can be. While you focus on your recovery, we will work diligently to secure the compensation you need. To schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Campbell County personal injury attorney, call us at 423-449-7980.

Sources:

https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/safety/documents/Injuries.pdf 

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