Although you may feel shaken after a collision, try to keep calm. Typically, leaving the scene of a car accident is illegal, so you should also stay at the scene until law enforcement arrives.
After making sure you and others are safe, call 911 or local authorities. Even if you believe you aren’t seriously injured or that damage to your car is minor, having the police document the accident is critical, especially if someone else is at fault. A police report is a piece of vital evidence that can help you hold the other driver accountable. If another motorist suggests that you “work it out” on your own to avoid calling the police or making insurance claims, don’t. Calling 911 can also ensure any injured parties get the immediate medical care they need.
Witnesses can be vital to proving fault in motor vehicle accident claims. Ask anyone who witnessed what happened for their contact information and get a statement about what they saw as well.
Taking photos and video also provides evidence that can prove another driver was at fault.
Even if an accident wasn’t your fault, it’s a good idea to contact your insurance company to let them know what happened. In no-fault states, you may have to file a claim with your own insurance company first. Give your insurer a straightforward account of what happened and answer questions honestly, but do not admit fault or give any further information that isn’t specifically requested.
Speak with experienced Mississippi or Alabama Injury Attorney here at the law firm of Pepper & Odom today if you or a loved one has been injured. Call 601-202-1111 in Mississippi or 205-250-1107 in Alabama today for a free initial phone consultation with one of our Attorneys.