Being involved in a car accident can be a terrifying experience for any Mississippi resident. However, it’s important to stay level-headed and take certain steps immediately after a crash.
Remain at the scene
First and foremost, it’s important to remain at the scene of the car accident. Even if you know you were not at fault, if you drive away, you could be later charged with a hit and run, which is a felony offense.
Preserve the scene
Preserving and protecting the scene of the accident can be done by placing flares in the area. You can also run your flashers to alert drivers of oncoming vehicles to use caution. You should get to safety and assess your condition; you may or may not realize at this point that you have been injured.
The police should be called to the scene of any accident involving injuries or property damage over $500. An officer can make an accident report, and you can learn where to get a copy as part of your records and evidence. Get the officer’s name and badge number as well.
An ambulance should arrive to tend to anyone injured in the car accident. You should also seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you don’t feel hurt. You can obtain your medical records if you’ve suffered a personal injury.
Take photos of the accident scene and all vehicles involved. You will also want to make note of the details of the accident by jotting them down while they’re still fresh in your mind.
Exchange information and speak with witnesses
Don’t talk with the other driver other than to exchange names, contact information, and vehicle, license, license plate and insurance information. Avoid saying anything that could be used as an admission of fault.
Obtain the names and contact information of witnesses. Ask them to describe what occurred during the accident and record their statements with your phone.
Contact your insurance company
Contact your insurance company because a representative should be informed of your car accident. You don’t have to provide specific details.
Even a minor car accident can be a frightening experience, but remember to stay calm and follow the proper steps. You’ll want to protect your rights and make sure to hold the at-fault driver accountable for your damages and injuries.