After being involved in a car crash, a person should try to gather details of the accident, avoid taking the blame and contact help.
Not all Mississippi residents have to deal with the aftermath of a traffic accident, but many will find themselves in this situation at some point in their driving career. According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, there were 690 deaths caused by car crashes over the course of a single year. With so many people affected by this type of incident, it is no surprise that many residents may have to know what to do should an accident occur while they are behind the wheel.
Gather crucial information
Anyone involved in an accident needs to gather some information at the scene if it is safe to do so. Both drivers should exchange contact information and gather other details, including the following:
- Location of the crash
- Insurance provider of other driver
- Images of the accident scene
- Name and contact information of witnesses
Gathering these details right away can make dealing with the aftermath of the crash much simpler. Often the trauma of an automobile collision can leave people confused about the details days after the crash, which is why documenting the information at the scene is vital. This type of documentation can come in handy as the person tries to file an insurance claim, creates a report with law enforcement or seeks compensation through the legal process.
Avoid admitting fault
Getting in a car accident can make anyone feel confused and dazed. Some drivers may start discussing the accident with eye witnesses or others involved in the crash out of a nervous habit. While this can be OK, each person may want to avoid admitting fault in the accident. If someone takes ownership of the crash at the scene, it may be hard for him or her to get compensation from the other person’s insurance company even if the crash ended up not being his or her fault. It is best for everyone involved in the party to give a neutral account of what happened without openly taking the blame.
Contact the right people
After being involved in a car crash, certain people need to be contacted as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the collision, emergency responders may need to come out to the accident site to ensure all parties are healthy and unharmed. A less serious crash may still require the attendance of an emergency responder to start creating an accident report. Each driver should also be sure to call his or her insurance provider to start creating a claim for the accident.
Not all Mississippi drivers know what to do after a crash. George B. Ready can explain your rights and help you understand your options for pursuing compensation for your losses.