How to handle an accident in Tennessee

If you're involved in a truck accident in Tennessee, you need to file an accident report and communicate with the authorities about what took place. However, the DMV recognizes that there are some things that must be of a higher priority right after an accident, so they offer a few tips for handling a crash.

First, you want to check on everyone involved. Check yourself for injuries and check anyone in your car. You can also get out and check on the truck driver, if necessary and if you are able. However, if people have been hurt, try to lend them aid without moving them. Movement can make some back and spinal injuries worse, and only emergency crews should do it.

Next, the Department of Motor Vehicles asks drivers to never leave the crash site. Preferably, you want to keep your vehicle right where it was during the collision so that police can see the accident scene accurately. However, if your vehicle has blocked the road and you want to let traffic pass -- and avoid a secondary accident -- you can move the car out of the way, as long as you stay as close as you can to the crash site.

After you get the car out of the way, turn it off and leave it off. If you are uninjured, you should take the time while you wait for the police to get the other driver's name, insurance information and contact information, and you should provide your own to that driver. Do this regardless of who you believe was at fault. It is important, though, not to admit fault for the accident.

Once all of the immediate details have been sorted out, make sure that you know what rights you may have to compensation for your injuries.

Source: DMV, "Handling a Vehicle Accident" accessed Feb. 26, 2015

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