Do others have a duty to render aid?

The immediate aftermath of a car accident in Shelby can be quite traumatic. You may suffer an initial shock over what has happened, which ultimately may turn to panic if you and/or others in your vehicle sustain injuries. Your fears that the longer it takes for you to be treated, the greater the danger you may face are well-founded. Fortunately, you are often not alone in such accidents; the other motorists involved may be available to assist you. While there's no question that you hope that they feel compelled to, the question becomes whether they are legally obligated to. 

According to Tennessee state law, they are. Section 55-10-103 of Tennessee's state Code says that anyone involved in accident is required to render aid to accident victims. The requirement applies not only to the driver who caused the accident, but anyone involved who is physically capable of helping others. Yet while you understand the duty to render aid, you might not know to what extent it is expected. 

You would no doubt be grateful for whatever another person is willing to do to help you following a car accident, yet it may be unrealistic to assume them capable of providing professional-level care. In some instances, the assistance they do attempt to provide could even compound the injuries you've experienced. Thus, the law establishes the standard for rendering care at arranging for transportation to carry you to the nearest available medical facility. That obligation can often be meet by a quick phone call to emergency dispatch services. Whoever calls may be advised to offer you assistance to make you more comfortable until first responders arrive, but beyond that, not much more may be expected of them. 

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