What to Do after a Car Accident

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A car accident can happen at any time and can be a scary incident, especially if the collision resulted in injuries. If you are involved in an auto accident, our experienced Chattanooga auto accident attorney at Herbert Thornbury, Esquire is here to help you in your recovery.

After an accident, it is important to stay calm and to know the necessary actions that need to be taken. Below is a general list of steps that one should take after being involved in an accident.

Immediately after an Accident

  • Check for injuries
    Your safety and the safety of those involved is the most important thing. Make sure that no injuries have been sustained, and, if needed call for an ambulance. If there are no immediate injuries, make sure to still get evaluated by a physician as some injuries will not be evident right away.
     
  • Contact law enforcement
    If someone is injured, you are required to call the police. If there are no injuries, it is still advisable to call and prepare an accident report with the police. The accident report may include the officers’ determination of fault and may help you with your case.
     
  • Exchange information
    Make sure to get the vehicle make, model, license plate, and VIN number of the other car involved. In addition, take down the other drivers name, license number, and insurance information.
     
  • Obtain witness information
    If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure to collect their full name, address, telephone number, and email address. Witness recollection can help to clarify the details with your case.
     
  • Take pictures
    After an accident, pictures can help provide evidence of what happened and assist in determining who was at fault. If injured, it is also important to take photographs of any scars, bruises, or cuts immediately, as these will heal and proper documentation will be necessary.
     
  • Contact your insurance company
    Notify your insurance company. You are required to report an accident, even if you were not at fault.

Talk with an Attorney

If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another, you may be due compensation. Please contact Herbert Thornbury, Esquire today to schedule a free consultation with our experienced Chattanooga auto accident attorney. We are dedicated to helping you receive the justice you deserve. Call us at (423) 443-3973 to schedule your consultation today.