What to Do Immediately After a Car Accident
Car accidents can be one of the most traumatic experiences of an individual’s life. There are few things more unnerving than driving home or to work when suddenly another vehicle smashes into yours. Even a minor accident can leave the most experienced driver dazed. But the first few minutes after a car accident are also among the most critical, especially if the case ends up going to court. Though it can be hard to focus immediately after a motor vehicle crash, it’s important to keep these tips in mind if you’ve been involved in a Mississippi car accident.
Call the Police Immediately
Dealing with the fallout of a car accident can take up a good chunk of your day, so it can be tempting to just agree to let the other party go if there doesn’t look to be any major damage and neither of you are hurt. But just because damage or injuries aren’t readily apparent, that doesn’t mean the accident left you or your vehicle unscathed. Injuries and problems with the vehicle may only appear in the days and hours following the accident, and if you don’t get a police report right after the incident, it may be difficult to establish the circumstances of the accident in a lawsuit, or the fact that any collision occurred at all.
Don’t Admit to Fault
The immediate instinct of most people is to apologize for an error, but even if you think you caused an accident by speeding or running a red light, it’s extremely important not to admit fault to the other side, as this may be used against you in a lawsuit. Simply exchange insurance and contact information with the other side while you wait for the police to arrive to take a report.
Speak With Any Witnesses
If there are any pedestrians around when the accident occurs, or other motorists stop to offer aid, make sure to get their names, addresses and phone numbers. Witnesses are often contacted when there are conflicting accounts about what led to the accident and these unbiased witnesses can be integral to establishing which party was at fault.
If You Feel the Slightest Bit Hurt, Seek Medical Attention
Often, injuries just aren’t apparent in the first few hours after a car accident. But if you feel the slightest bit of discomfort, it’s a good idea to seek medical attention right away
Contact Us For Help With Your Case
If you’ve been involved in a car accident, the other driver will likely have an insurance company and attorney on their side, which is why you need an attorney in your corner. If you or a loved one have recently been involved in a car accident in the Biloxi area, an experienced Mississippi personal injury attorney at the Law Offices of Judy Guice can help. Contact our office today for a free initial consultation.