Auto Accident FAQs
Car accidents are a serious problem in the United States. They cost millions in property damage and leave thousands injured every year. Despite the frequency of car accidents, the attorneys of Bateman & Bateman, P.C., often field the same questions from different clients who are unaware of their rights. To serve our current and future clients better, our car accident lawyers have compiled answers to some frequently asked questions.
If I am in a Tennessee auto accident, what information do I need?
To help our lawyers develop a strong case for you, you need to collect information after your car accident. Some details that Bateman & Bateman, P.C., finds helpful to include the following:
- Names and contact information for other drivers and witnesses
- Make and model of cars involved
- License numbers of other drivers
- Insurance company details of other drivers
- Police report number or name of the reporting officer
With this information, our attorneys can gather evidence quickly and use the facts to create a strong claim for damages.
Should I call the police?
If you are involved in a car accident and suffer an injury, you should call the police. Even if injuries are not immediately apparent, a police statement can be beneficial. The police collect witness statements and information from the other drivers and diagram the accident scene.
Some drivers may discourage you from calling the police and involving the insurance companies. This is a serious threat to your rights to compensation because you cannot prove that the other driver was liable without this supporting information.
In an auto accident lawsuit, how are damages defined?
Damages are both economic and noneconomic compensation awarded for losses sustained in an auto accident. Lost wages, medical expenses and property damage qualify as economic damages. Emotional suffering, pain and suffering, and diminished quality of life qualify as noneconomic damages.
What is negligence?
Drivers are required to use a reasonable standard of care when operating a motor vehicle on Tennessee roadways. A driver who fails to exercise reasonable care and causes an auto accident is deemed negligent.
I feel a bit sore after my auto accident, but don’t seem to be injured. Do I need to see a doctor?
Yes, you should always get a medical opinion following an auto accident. Symptoms of serious injuries may not be immediately obvious.
Following an auto accident, is there any action I should avoid?
Yes. The only documents you should sign in relation to the car accident are documents generated by law enforcement and medical consent forms. Do not admit the car accident was your fault. Limit your statements to facts given to law enforcement. Do not let an insurance claims adjustor talk you into settling quickly.
Why call a car accident lawyer in Clarksville?
Dealing with insurance companies and negligent drivers by yourself can be hard. You and your loved ones deserve the care and attention of qualified advocates from Bateman & Bateman, P.C. Our firm takes pride in offering its clients honest, thorough representation throughout the whole process of their car accident claim. The skilled attorneys of Bateman & Bateman, P.C., understand how complicated an accident injury is, and we strive to limit negative repercussions for you and your loved ones.
When should I contact a Tennessee auto accident attorney?
Right away. Bateman & Bateman, P.C., is a Clarksville, Tennessee, personal injury law firm with more than 60 years of combined legal experience. You may contact us at 931-647-5959 or 800-264-0041 (toll-free) to discuss your legal concerns with our Clarksville auto accident attorneys today.