What Next? The 10 Steps You Should Take After A Car Accident
What you do immediately after a car accident can have serious consequences on your future and your ability to receive fair compensation for your injuries. Our team of attorneys at Bailey, Womble & Yelton has assembled these tips as part of our commitment to protecting the rights of the injured throughout Mississippi.
- Check for injuries. Check everyone involved, including passengers and the other driver. If anyone is badly hurt, call an ambulance immediately.
- Call the police if there are any injuries or significant damage to the vehicles. Ask the officer who responds to the scene to file a report.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. It is very important to limit your conversation to just this subject. Do not apologize for the accident. This could be interpreted as admitting fault.
- Ask any witnesses for their contact information. It may be important later to have witnesses who can testify about the circumstances of the accident.
- Take photos. Pictures of the damage to the cars involved, the debris in the road, skid marks, the weather conditions and even the inside of the vehicles involved could all be important to your case if the issue goes to court.
- Call your car insurance company. You should report the accident and the extent of your injuries. However, you should not discuss the accident with the other driver’s insurance company or make a recorded statement until you have talked with a lawyer.
- Seek medical care. Even if you do not feel seriously injured, go to a doctor and make sure you are OK. Follow up on your doctor’s treatment plan.
- Start a file. Keep track of all your accident-related expenses, including time you have to take off work, property damage estimates and medical bills. Take pictures of any bruises you have.
- Discuss your case with a lawyer. If you were injured, a lawyer will protect your rights and help you obtain the maximum compensation you are due.
Your initial consultation is always free. We handle car accident claims on a contingency basis – so there is no risk to you. It costs you nothing if we are unable to recover compensation for your injuries.