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What to Do If You Are Injured in a Tennessee Chain-Reaction Accident

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Chain-reaction accidents are usually caused by rear-end collisions. Tennessee has a history of some very serious chain-reaction crashes or pileups of multiple cars, often on the highway, that can lead to fires and even deaths. In fact, 15 people died in such a pileup on a Tennessee highway back in 1990. Last August, more than 30 cars were involved in three different chain-reaction accidents in one day, and just a few days ago, a rear-end collision in Tennessee led to a destructive fire that not only damaged cars and hurt drivers but also destroyed a building in the fire. As suggested, these multi-vehicle accidents are dangerous and consequential. Winter weather conditions, including fog, could lead to these types of crashes occurring even more often. That is why it is imperative to be aware as a motorist and the steps to take if you are involved in this type of crash.

4 Tips to Help You After a Chain-Reaction Accident in Tennessee

If you are involved in a chain-reaction accident, especially if you are injured or your car is damaged, consider the following tips to help you get through this traumatic experience:

  1. Whether the accident is between three cars or 50 cars, wait for the police. Unless you are in need of dire medical attention (in which case you should seek that immediate medical care), you need to stay at the scene to provide witness testimony to the police. Also, if you have not already done so, this will give you the opportunity to exchange car insurance information with all of those who are involved in the accident.  

  2. Collect contact information from potential witnesses, especially if they can corroborate what you tell the police, your lawyer, or the insurance company. In pileups such as these, you might come across bystanders who saw the whole accident, even from their cars. Although not involved in the crash itself, these witnesses can be very helpful to you when trying to recover damages.

  3. Observe everything at the scene of the chain-reaction accident, including your own physical and mental condition. Take note of your pain and suffering; track and document it for days after the accident so that you have a log to provide as evidence in case you take the “at-fault” driver(s) to court.

  4. After the accident, be wary of being too open with insurance companies if they reach out to you to offer you a settlement. Do not agree to anything without first contacting a lawyer who can explain your legal options to determine what type of compensation you may deserve.

Contact a Campbell County Chain-Reaction Accident Attorney

Chain-reaction accidents can be devastating in the moment and for many days thereafter, but the legal ramifications can also be quite disruptive to your life as well. If you or your loved one was hurt in a multi-vehicle pileup, reach out to a skilled Jacksboro, TN personal injury attorney right away. The talented team from the Law Office of William F. Evans will give you the information you need to make the right decisions about your prospective personal injury case after a chain-reaction accident. Call us today at 423-449-7980 to schedule a free consultation.

 

Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/politics/1990/12/12/15-die-in-pileup-on-foggy-tennessee-highway/06f59b86-e637-4a69-aea6-76cf5c594985/

https://wdef.com/2021/01/21/chain-reaction-fire-lee-highway/

https://www.wkrn.com/news/local-news/over-30-vehicles-involved-in-separate-crashes-on-i-24-near-harding-place-on-saturday/

 

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