Chattanooga, TN- No one wants to be in a traffic accident but every time we get in our cars there is always the chance of one happening. An accident can be tragic in under the worst circumstances, but a large fraction of accidents are minor with minimal damage to person and property. In those cases, the Tennessee accident attorneys at USAttorneys want you to be aware of a few things not to do at the scene of an accident.
Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident
Most people wouldn’t even consider leaving the scene of a traffic accident, but thousands of people do it every year. In most cases, fleeing motorists have something to hide; perhaps they are drunk, uninsured or unlicensed. And sometimes people leave the scene of an accident because they don’t realize they need to stay, especially if the accident was minor.
Under Tennessee traffic law, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal charges. If there is only property damage, fleeing the scene charge can result in up to 5 points on your driver’s license. Leaving the scene when the collision involves injury or death is a misdemeanor with a penalty of up to one year in jail.
Always assess the situation before deciding whether to stay or not. Make sure no one is hurt; if they are get medical help immediately. Just stay on the scene.
Don’t Forget to Call Police
Fender benders are more typical than serious crashes, but even a low-speed rear-end collision can end up causing thousands of dollars in damage. Many motorists believe that if an accident doesn’t result in injuries they don’t need to call police. Not doing so could be a costly mistake down the road.
Perhaps you and the other driver make arrangements at the scene to leave police out of the equation and handle any claims between themselves and their insurers. There’s just one problem with one out of every seven motorists driving without insurance, you can’t sure the other person has valid insurance.
While police don’t always respond to accidents that don’t involve injuries, calling police will at least generate an accident report.  And you will need that report if you plan on filing an claim with your or another driver’s insurance.
Don’t Blow Your Top
Anger is an understandable reaction to a car accident, but it won’t make the situation any better and could make it worse. Spouting off at the mouth may feel better in the moment, but you need to have clear recall of the accident so you can accurately remember the moment before and after a collision. Allowing yourself to be enraged only clouds the moment and you could lose valuable information that could prove to be important. Just try to remain calm and never admit fault or that you made a mistake.
Get the Proper Documents
Don’t leave the scene until you have all the information you need from the other motorist. That information includes their phone number and the name of their insurance company. Record the make, model and year of their car and make certain to get the street name(s) where the accident occurred. If there were witnesses, get their names and numbers as well.
Lastly, if your accident is serious, contact a Chattanooga accident attorney. They will do work tirelessly to get you the settlement you deserve for your injuries or the loss of your loved one.

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