What to Do if You Are in a Car Accident
The first thing you need to do when involved in any accident is make sure everyone is OK. If there are any major injuries, call 911 immediately for an ambulance. While it is much easier said than done, try and remain calm. Especially if there are injured persons present. Safety always comes first. Take care of all passengers involved before worrying about how the accident happened.
Next, be sure to call the police for a police report. In Mississippi, a driver involved in the accident must notify the police of the accident if there is a death or injury or damage over $500. If the driver is unable to make the call his or herself, then a passenger may make the call. Even if there is no major damage or harm done, it is best to have the accident on record. It is also best to not say too much regarding the accident, and especially do not take blame. Anything said in the heat of the moment can and will be used against you. Try to piece together what you know about the crash or collision and go from there.
Document the Accident
Take photos of all vehicles involved, document any injuries and damage done and try to take down contact information from all parties and witnesses. All of this information will prove as helpful evidence if you are to file a claim. It is also important to take down license plate numbers and exchange automobile insurance information.
After the accident, there are a few things you need to do. Always make sure everyone involved in the crash or collision is unharmed. Pay close attention to your body the days and weeks following an accident. Some injuries do not arise until some time after the impact of the event. Take note of everything. If you see a doctor, keep copies of all of your medical expenses. These may be compensated in the event of winning a case.
Once you are ready, contact a personal injury attorney. Automobile accidents can seem like a daunting case to file, however, with the right guidance it will be stress-free. Due to certain time limitations, it is best to act sooner rather than later. Don’t wait to see if your pain will go away or for the other parties involved to take care of the damages. Out-of-pocket exchanges are often a way of keeping the accident off the record just to decrease the amount of compensation paid by the liable party.
Loyalty is the number one priority at Braddock Law. By means of diligence and expertise, your case will be handled with the utmost care. Braddock Law is a professional, talented and trustworthy team of attorneys who will treat you and your family as their own. We do not charge for consultations, so feel free to give us a call and have us take a look at your case. Braddock Law is here for you.
Contact Our Auto Accident Lawyer in Hattiesburg
Mr. Braddock works closely with a team of experts ranging from investigators to physicians to build the strongest cases possible against those responsible for catastrophic auto accidents. If you or a member of your family has been involved in such an accident, we urge you to contact our auto accident lawyer, serving Vicksburg and regions throughout Mississippi. Talmadge Braddock can provide you with the legal guidance you need and fight for the compensation you deserve.
Be sure to follow-up with your insurance company. Let them know you’ve been involved in a car accident. Liability insurance is required in the state of Mississippi with minimum coverage amounting:
- $25,000 for bodily injury per person
- $50,000 for bodily injury per accident
- $25,000 for property damage per accident