What to Do After a Car Accident


Car Accident Checklist

The immediate aftermath of a car wreck is a stressful and confusing time. However, by acting appropriately, you may save yourself money, time and problems.

Our firm suggests that Ridgeland car accident victims take the steps below after a car accident in order to protect their rights:

Take Care of Yourself

If you are injured, seek medical help.
Call 911 and request emergency medical assistance.
If you are not sure if you are injured, see a doctor soon.
Some injuries are not painful right away but cause serious problems over time. Many car accident victims are unaware that they are injured until days later when they start to experience back and neck pain and are unable to get out of bed or go to work.
Document your car accident.
After taking care of others involved in the crash, take photos of everything at the accident scene. Make sure to capture the position of the cars involved, damage to each vehicle and damage to road signs, guardrails and other objects. This information will help if you have a legal claim.
Gather your driver’s license, insurance card and car registration.
If the other driver asks to exchange this information, suggest politely that you let the police take this information and share it with each of you.
Save anything that documents this accident.
This documentation includes police reports, medical records and all receipts.

Take Care of Others

If you have passengers, ask whether they have been hurt.
Approach the other vehicle’s driver and ask whether anyone is hurt. If anyone is injured in any way, call 911.
Work to calm the situation.
Do not argue with the other driver or his or her passengers. Do not make accusations. Do not admit fault. Be polite and business-like in what you do.

Cooperate With Police

Answer questions truthfully but succinctly.
If a police officer, sheriff’s deputy or highway patrolman responds to your accident, answer his questions.
Get a police report.
Ask how you can get a copy of the report, and make sure you do so. It’s possible that you can get the accident report’s number at the scene of the wreck.

Deal With Insurers

If there is any damage or an injury, report the accident to your insurer.
Again, provide facts in response to questions but don’t provide opinions or accusations. Don’t provide information that is not requested.
Follow your insurer’s instructions.
For instance, obtain vehicle repair estimates if the insurer asks you to do so.
Do not sign anything.
And by “anything,” we mean any documents provided by your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company. You could be signing away your right to recover the compensation you deserve.
Don’t speak to the other driver’s insurance company.
If the other driver’s insurance company contacts you, refer them to your insurance carrier and decline to answer their questions until you speak to a lawyer.

Consult a Car Accident Lawyer Serving Mississippi Injury Victims

A lawyer from our firm can help you negotiate an insurance settlement that compensates you for your damages, including lost wages, pain and suffering, medical bills and property damage.  We may also find additional sources of compensation that will assist you as you recover from your injuries.

Abdalla Law, PLLC, can provide a free, no obligation consultation about your case and your legal options. Contact us today. We work hard to protect your rights.

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