Reading Your Tennessee Car Accident Report
An attorney who gathers facts to build strong cases that get results
If you were involved in a car accident, the police should be contacted. The responding police officers will secure the scene and arrange for the people involved to get medical attention. They will also document the accident by completing a Traffic Crash Report. It contains information that Thompson Law can use to move your claim forward.
Attorney Christopher “Kim” Thompson knows that the outcome of every case depends on the facts. The traffic crash report contains a lot of facts that can help prove that you were the victim of negligence. A copy of the report can be ordered from the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security.
The crash report will include information about the driver and whether that driver was cited for any illegal behavior. It will document whether you suffered injuries as a result of the accident. There will also be information about the vehicles involved, the damage to these vehicles, and the officer’s description of how the accident happened.
In addition to carefully reviewing the information in the report, attorney Thompson will also take other steps while investigating your accident. He reviews your medical records to determine the extent of your injuries and the treatment needed. He identifies witnesses and interviews them. If needed, he consults accident reconstruction experts.
Using the information from the report and his investigation, attorney Thompson builds a strong case that insurance companies have to take seriously. He knows the tactics they use to try to minimize compensation – he used to work for insurance companies as a claims adjuster. Now he puts that knowledge to work for clients to help them recover the compensation they deserve.
If you’ve been hurt in a wreck, learn more about how a car accident attorney can help. Contact attorney Thompson to schedule a free consultation. He can review the details of your crash, explain your options and answer any questions you have.
Basic Crash Information
This section includes the date, time and location of the crash, as well as the number of vehicles and people involved. It will also list the total number of people injured or killed. There will also be information about the weather and light conditions at the time of the accident.
Driver and Vehicle Information
This section contains information about drivers involved in the crash. It will list if the driver was injured and if so, information about the ambulance and hospital. The officer will make notes about the driver’s condition and whether there was any distraction or alcohol or drug use. There will also be information about any citations issues. Next, there will be information about the driver’s vehicle – including make and model, vehicle identification number (VIN) and insurance information.
Vehicle Damage and Roadway Characteristics
Here, you will find some information about the collision and damage to the vehicle, including a rough estimate of the cost of the damage. This section will also list whether there were any traffic signals or signs present, the posted speed limit and road conditions.
Commercial Carrier Information
If your crash involved a commercial vehicle, there will be information in this section about the carrier, including contact information and whether any hazardous materials were being involved.
Narrative and Diagram
In this section, the officer will provide a brief narrative about how the accident happened. There will also be a rough diagram that illustrates the crash.