According to statistics from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office, about 1,000 people have lost their lives on Tennessee roads every year from 2001 to 2014. In 2010 alone, 6441 people were seriously injured in wrecks. This represents a huge number of people in our state who have been significantly harmed by car accidents and, in many cases, by careless drivers who chose to drive drunk, distracted, or otherwise dangerously.
After a serious wreck, one of the most important decisions you can make is the decision to get help from the best personal injury attorney possible. If you are feeling overwhelmed, or if you need help making sense of your rights, you can call our Franklin car accident attorneys right now at 615-807-7900 for immediate assistance. At GriffithLaw, we make it our job to make things right for the victims of car accidents caused by others.
What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Car Accident in Tennessee
Very few people are really prepared for an accident. If you are one of the thousands of people who have been hurt on our Tennessee roads, then you already know how confusing it can be—from the first moment of impact to the recovery from your injuries. To help you protect yourself, your family, and your future after you’ve been hurt, here are some simple steps you can take:
- Don’t apologize for what happened or take the blame. When still shaken up from a car accident, many people have a tendency to apologize or say “it was all my fault,” even if they don’t really mean it. Unfortunately, these kinds of statements can be twisted around later and taken out of context. It seems unbelievable, but there are plenty of examples of innocent statements like these hurting a later car accident claim.
- Seek medical attention. Seeing a doctor or going to the emergency room is the best way to get appropriate treatment for car accident injuries. It also provides documentation of the accident and how bad your injuries are.
- Don’t agree to a settlement or give a statement. Sometimes, insurance companies like State Farm, Farmers, and Allstate will immediately make a settlement offer or start asking you to sign forms and give statements. If you don’t understand your rights and haven’t yet spoken to an attorney of your own, avoid giving a statement or accepting a settlement.
- Keep good records. The more you document, the better prepared you will be to succeed. Get names, numbers, and photographs at the scene. Get a copy of the police report. Write down the names of any doctors you see. Keep pill bottles from any medication you are prescribed. Keep a journal with information about your recovery. All these little things can go a long way toward helping you win your case.
- Be careful what you say about your car accident. Although it may seem obvious that you are seriously hurt, the things you say to an adjuster, a company representative, the other driver, or even on social media sites can be taken out of context and used against you. There are even cases where seemingly irrelevant posts on Facebook or photographs from family events have been used to minimize victims’ claims.
- Get in touch with an experienced personal injury attorney. It’s hard to do everything on your own. An experienced accident lawyer can help you investigate what happened, learn about your rights, and find out how to take action to protect yourself and get the financial compensation you deserve.
It may seem like a lot of trouble to go to, especially if you’re not yet sure that you want to file a personal injury claim against the other driver. However, taking steps like these helps ensure that you have the information and documentation you need if you do decide to assert your rights as a victim.
Why Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Serious Car Accident Matters
The victims of car accidents are faced with a lot of challenges. Their injuries may prevent them from going to work, taking care of their families, or engaging fully in daily life. The cost of their medical treatment can drain their savings, and sometimes they are unable to return to work or recover fully to their pre-accident condition. Although it can seem unfair, protecting your future after a wreck can take a little work on your part and a lot of knowledge about your rights.
If the other driver in the accident was careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent in causing the accident, the law gives you rights to recover financial compensation for your injuries. Depending on your situation, this might include money for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more. However, insurance companies rarely pay the full value of a victim’s claim without a fight. Victims need to take steps to get informed and avoid common mistakes in order to protect themselves.
“At first… John gave us HOPE. Then… HE DELIVERED.” -Keri Sandifer
We won’t lie to you—sometimes it can be very difficult to be successful. There are a lot of factors at play in any car accident case, and insurance companies have teams of adjusters and lawyers who are experienced in minimizing claims from car accident victims. However, talking with an attorney of your own and asserting your rights means that you have a chance to get the financial support you need, both now and in the future. And, if you’ve already been seriously hurt and are worried about what happens next, you know how much that can matter.
Five Secrets the Insurance Companies Don't Want You to Know
Secret 1: Insurance Adjusters
The insurance adjuster is trained to control the direction of your claim in order to provide maximum benefits for the insurance company and minimum benefits to you. Read more.
Secret 2: Statements to the Adjuster
Any statement given by you will very likely be used against you. Read more.
Secret 3: Prior Medical Conditions
A prior injury or medical condition will likely be used against you. Read more.
Secret 4: Quick Settlements
A quick settlement is not always the best settlement. Read More.
Secret 5: Medical Treatment
The medical treatment for your injury will be closely scrutinized by the insurance companies. Read more.
How Our Experienced Nashville Accident Attorneys Can Help You
Our experienced lawyers are local to Nashville and understand what it takes to win a personal injury case. We have helped families and individuals across Tennessee stand up for their rights against State Farm, Farmers, Allstate, Progressive, Geico and all major insurance companies, and we would be happy to discuss your concerns in a completely free case review. As former insurance adjusters, we are intimately familiar with the tricks insurance companies use to deny or reduce the value of car accident cases, and we are passionate about representing victims and “leveling the playing field” between huge companies and regular people. If you have questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to our Franklin law office at 615-807-7900 or use the contact form on this page.