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Receiving Compensation After a Hit-and-Run Car Accident in Tennessee

Posted on in Motor Vehicle Accidents

Campbell County hit-and-run car accident lawyer

Being involved in a car accident can be a scary ordeal, both for the person responsible for causing the collision and the occupants who may be injured. In some cases, a negligent motorist may think that leaving the crash site is the best way to stay out of trouble, but in fact, fleeing from the scene of a motor vehicle crash is against Tennessee law. If an at-fault driver does attempt to leave, the victim may wonder how to receive compensation for injuries and any damages done to their vehicle. That is why it is imperative to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney. 

What to Do After a Car Crash

No matter what the circumstances of a collision are, both parties involved must stop immediately in order to assess damages and call the police. Both drivers should pull their cars to the side of the road and do the following:

  • Check yourself, passengers, and other drivers for injuries.

  • Inspect the involved vehicles to make sure there are no gas leaks or other dangers.

  • Immediately call the police.

  • Exchange contact information with other drivers and witnesses.

  • Document damages and injuries with pictures.

  • File an accident report when the police arrive.

The best way for a victim to receive the compensation he or she deserves is to gather personal information (name, phone number, etc.) as well as insurance information from the at-fault driver. However, if that driver attempts to run, the victim may not be able to talk to him or her. 

In this case, the best way to try to bring the at-fault driver to justice is to quickly take a photo of his or her license plates for the police report. This will help the police track down the owner of the car who most likely was the one driving at the time of the collision.

Witnesses are also important to ensure the at-fault driver is held responsible for the collision. If the victim noticed that other people were in the same area when the collision took place, they may have seen the license plates or even the identity of the at-fault driver. So, victims can ask witnesses to add details of what they saw for the police report.

What Can Happen When a Driver Flees the Scene

Tennessee law states that it is mandatory for all drivers involved in an accident to stop and check if any parties are injured. They must also exchange names, addresses, license numbers, and registration information. Simply leaving the scene is a crime that can result in:

  • A Class C misdemeanor charge if there is damage done to a vehicle that adds up to over $400 in repair fees

  • A Class A misdemeanor charge if someone is injured as a result of the collision.

  • A Class E felony if someone is killed as a result of the collision

If a driver is found after fleeing the scene, he or she can have his or her license revoked for a period of time. The at-fault driver may also be fined and required to pay compensation for the victim’s medical bills and/or repairs to the victim’s vehicle.

Contact a Jacksboro, TN Personal Injury Lawyer

Gathering information at the scene of the accident is the best way for a victim to receive compensation for his or her injuries. If the police apprehend the at-fault driver after fleeing the scene, the victim can take him or her to court to recover damages. The attorneys at the Law Office of William F. Evans have experience building solid cases by determining liability so victims can move on with their lives. To schedule a free consultation with a diligent Campbell County car accident attorney, call our office today at 423-449-7980.




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