In 2017, a study revealed that Tennessee’s Interstate 40 is one of the most deadly highways in the United States. The study calculated a “Fatal Crash Rate” based on annual road fatality statistics. Based on these calculations, I-40 ranks in second place among the most deadly highways, right after U.S. 1 in Florida. Of course, part of the reason for this ranking is the heavy traffic that the interstate experiences. For instance, if you are a regular commuter, then it is likely that you have seen a wreck on I-40. Also, this means that your chances of being involved in an auto collision are significant. Therefore, you should know what to do after a wreck on I-40 in Tennessee. Here are several steps that you should take.
Call the Police
First, you should call the police immediately after a crash (often referred to as an accident). Once they arrive, you should give your account of the event and follow their instructions closely. However, it is important that you not give any official statements at this time. Additionally, after reviewing the crash site, the police will file a crash report. Insurance companies generally use this report to make decisions concerning your claim.
Seek Immediate Medical Attention
Often, an ambulance will arrive within minutes of you calling the police. If this is the case, then you should submit to a physical evaluation immediately. Most importantly, this will help keep you safe. However, you can also use any medical records as evidence if you choose to pursue a personal injury claim.
Move Your Vehicle Off of the Road
After a motor vehicle crash involving injury, generally speaking you should never move your vehicle until an officer tells you to do so. Sometimes, with non-life threatening injuries, you will be instructed to move your vehicle before medical help arrives. If it is safe and you are able–try to take photographs before any vehicles are moved. Sometimes, after receiving on site medical treatment, you will be asked to move your vehicle to the shoulder of the highway, if possible. Also, after a wreck, you should turn your car off and your hazard lights on to warn other drivers.
Take Photos of the Crash Site
Once your vehicle is moved off the road, you should make every effort to gather hard evidence. Doing so, can help jog your memory of the accident as time passes. It can also provide you with evidence that may bolster your personal injury lawsuit. Therefore, you should document the crash site by taking as many high-quality pictures as possible.
Get the Other Driver’s Contact Information
Additionally, after a wreck on I-40, it is important to collect the contact information of the other driver. This includes getting the other driver’s name, address, phone number and insurance information. By doing this, you will save both you and your attorney a lot of headache in the long run.
Speak With an Attorney
Finally, you should contact an experienced and trusted attorney after a wreck on I-40. This will prepare you for many possibilities, including an insurance adjuster unfairly attempting to dispute or reduce your injury claim. Unfortunately, this happens more often than you would think.
Hurt in a Wreck on I-40? Contact Our Newport Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
If you were injured on Interstate 40, then you may be entitled to compensation for your suffering. Fortunately, the attorneys at Myers & Ball, LLP are well-versed in motor vehicle collision cases. Schedule a free consultation with us today to learn more about our services. You can do this by leaving us a message online or contacting us by phone at (423)248-1023.