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Importance of Obtaining a Tennessee Accident Report Involving a Fatality

According to a report by WBIR Channel 10 news in Knoxville, TN, the year 2020 recorded over 1,200 fatal car accidents on Tennessee roadways. Fatality car accidents are always a challenge for everyone involved. The accident scenes are difficult to investigate and endure for the involved officers, and obviously, the aftermath of such a tragedy is unbearable for the victim’s families.

Following a non-fatal Tennessee auto accident, the report can be requested online within a few days, or at your local central records department. If the accident was not severe, you or your attorney can obtain the report and file it with the at-fault parties insurance company to ensure that the claims process goes smoothly. Things can get more complex when the auto accident results in a fatality. We always stress the importance of making sure an accident report is properly filed, but it becomes even more important in Tennessee fatality accidents.  A police/accident report following a fatality takes much longer to complete than non-fatality reports. These reports, depending on the facts, are sometimes not available for weeks.  Once they are available, it is imperative that you or your TN personal injury attorney obtain them immediately.

A fatality accident report and a death certificate will be two of the most useful documents you and your attorney can obtain during the legal process.  These documents will be used for the following:

  • Life Insurance claims
  • Opening the estate of the deceased
  • Child support matters
  • Evidence in any claim against the at-fault driver and his/her insurance company
  • Evidence in a possible uninsured motorist claim
  • Tax/business-related legal claims

Without these documents, your attorney will have a difficult time properly navigating the complexities of a legal fatality claim(s). Fatality claims can be complex, and each case poses its own legal issues that must be addressed. Following the loss of a loved one, contacting an experienced Tennessee wrongful death attorney will ensure that you are properly advised of all your legal rights and options.  The Chiozza Law Firm has years of experience handling such claims, successfully representing clients and their families thru these difficult times.

Handling a fatality claim requires expert legal representation in advising clients of the available damages one can seek on the deceased individual’s behalf, and what legal compensation each family member is entitled to. 

If you have experienced a loss due to a fatal car accident in Memphis, TN, and would like a free and confidential case evaluation, call a member of the criminal court team at The Chiozza Law Firm. Call us at 901-286-8374 or email Attorney Brian Chiozza at brian@chiozzalaw.com. For immediate assistance, you may also send a text message to 901-550-4418.


The Chiozza Law firm has years of courtroom experience in handling all types of misdemeanor and felony charges, including driving offenses, drug charges, theft of property, passing bad checks, and many other felony matters.   

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Posted by Brian Chiozza at 7:07 AM
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