Protect yourself following a motor vehicle crash

Car accidents can naturally be frightening experiences, and they can be especially frustrating ones if someone else is at fault. For instance, perhaps another driver was texting and driving when he or she ran into your car, or maybe the driver was driving too quickly for road conditions.

Once a motor vehicle accident that was someone else's fault happens in Tennessee, you may have many questions and not know exactly what to do. However, a few tips may help you to protect your best interests from both a physical and a legal standpoint following the motor vehicle crash.

Could your injury symptoms be delayed?

In some cases, a car accident may lead to injuries. However, you may not immediately notice any pain or other indications that you have been injured. In this situation, you may be tempted to simply assume you will be okay physically, but the reality is that you may still be seriously injured and just not know it.

For this reason, seeing a physician following the crash may be in your best interest. Your doctor can advise you accurately on the nature and extent of any injuries you have suffered as a result of the crash.

What if my airbag didn't deploy when it should have?

Perhaps your airbags did not deploy in your car during your motor vehicle crash. If this happens, it is possible for you to investigate the airbags and, with an engineer's assistance, determine under which circumstances your airbags should deploy. If it is determined that your airbags should have deployed but did not, you might be able to hold the airbag or vehicle manufacturer accountable by pursuing compensation for injuries that resulted from the airbag's failure.

Am I entitled to file a civil claim?

If you suffered injuries as the result of another party's negligence, it is within your rights to seek compensation by filing a personal injury claim in civil court. In some cases, it is possible to settle with the at-fault motorist's insurance company for an amount you feel is reasonable and fair. However, the goal of these insurance companies will typically be to settle for the lowest amount possible, so you may want to consult with legal resources who are readily available to you before negotiating with any insurance companies.

Any awarded damages from a successfully litigated civil claim may not be able to undo the events that led to your crash, but they could help to address your medical bills and other losses resulting from the accident. Financial damages might also help you to feel a sense of justice following the collision and thus allow you to more easily move on from the unfortunate event.

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