Posted by Martin Heller Potempa & Sheppard, PLLC on November 8, 2019
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Of course, there’s the obvious. Your first instinct if you’re hurt in a car accident should be to seek medical attention at the scene. In most cases, the best way to do this is to alert the police of your crash. From there, a determination can be made as far as whether you need a trip to the hospital.
In some cases, motorists figure that they are not injured enough to even stay and wait for the police. This could be a grave mistake. After all, you could be charged with leaving the scene of an accident even if you’re the one who suffered the injuries.
What might seem like a couple of small dents to either vehicle could actually amount to much more. Think about it. Your neck could jolt back and forth due to even minor impact. And, you might be surprised to know that it’s illegal in Tennessee for someone to hit and run.
Unfortunately, you may be the one to experience this firsthand. If someone hits you as a pedestrian – or your car, you should do your best to secure the license plate number of the other driver.
If you are involved in a motor vehicle accident, it is critical to take down information from anyone at the scene. This not only includes any other drivers and passengers. Make sure you get the names and phone numbers of any eyewitnesses.
With today’s technology, just about everyone has a cellphone that also has the capacity to take photographs. Take pictures of the scene and all vehicles. Make sure to include any identifying information and property damage.
Securing Medical Treatment for a Car Accident
Depending on the extent of your injuries, you may not require emergency responders to escort you to the hospital. However, that doesn’t mean you aren’t hurt. Some of the more common injuries that require an ambulance include:
Inability to move legs or arms
Traumatic brain injury
Meanwhile, that’s not to say that many injuries do not surface until later. Sometimes people are so shocked by the accident that they are unaware of how badly they are hurt. Some examples of these types of conditions include:
Back of neck injuries, including herniated discs
Sprains and strains
Unfortunately, what may seem minor and uncomfortable at first, could be a horrific problem in the future.