What to Do When You are in a Car Wreck
What To Do When You Are In A Car Wreck
I am often asked by my clients and friends what they should do if they are involved in a car wreck. Each situation is different but here are a few helpful steps to take to assist you in properly documenting your claim and protecting your interests moving forward.
- Call the Police/Ambulance
Make sure that you or someone else has called the police and an ambulance if, necessary. A police report is a very helpful tool in documenting information about both parties and is necessary when there is extensive damage to your vehicle.
- Seek Medical Treatment
Go to the Emergency Room if you are in pain. Many people tell me they don’t like going to the Hospital and try to tough it out. If you are in pain, you need to get medical treatment as soon as possible. If you are injured and don’t go to the Emergency room, insurance companies can use this against you and claim that you were not hurt,
- Do Not Admit Fault
Do not admit fault to anyone. Focus on getting the proper medical treatment before you make any statements.
- Move Your Vehicle If You Or Other Drivers Are In Danger
If your vehicle is in a dangerous position, move it to the side of the road.
- Exchange Insurance Information
If you are able to, exchange insurance information with the other parties involved in the wreck.
- Take Pictures of Vehicles
If you are able, take pictures of damage to all vehicles involved in the wreck.
- Take Pictures of Your Injuries
Have a friend or family member take pictures of your injuries. This will allow you or your attorney to properly document injuries when you are negotiating your claim.
- Call A Lawyer
Lastly, and most importantly, TALK TO A LAWYER! DO NOT talk or give a statement to an insurance company before speaking with a lawyer. An attorney can properly advise you on how to approach your case and protect your claim.
Call Paul at 615-256-4747 or contact him online to schedule a free consultation. The Paul D. Jeter Law Firm is located in the Historic Washington Square Building in Downtown Nashville and Paul has successfully represented clients from all over Tennessee, including: Nashville, Franklin, Memphis, Gallatin, Hendersonville, Lebanon, Columbia, Murfreesboro, Brentwood and Dickson