What To Do After An Accident

A motor vehicle accident can happen incredibly quickly, leaving you injured and disoriented. It's important to have a sense of what to do and what not to do after an accident.

The most important thing to do after a motor vehicle accident is to check on the safety of everyone present, yourself included. Check on all drivers, passengers and pedestrians, if any. If anyone needs medical attention, call 911 for an ambulance. Do not move anyone who is unconscious or has neck or back pain, unless a hazard makes moving them necessary.

If you don't need immediate medical attention yourself, call the police to report the accident. Do not leave the scene until help has arrived, especially if someone has been injured or killed. If you leave before police or medical personnel arrive, you could face criminal penalties as a hit-and-run driver.

Do not admit fault or argue with anyone at the scene. There will be time for determining fault later. Exchange insurance information with the other driver, and get contact info from witnesses if possible.

Insurance And Liability

Talk to your insurance company promptly after the accident to let it know what happened. Take photos of any damage to your vehicle and keep records of your medical treatment, if any.

Your car insurance company should give you instructions on getting an estimate for repairing your car. You may hear from the other driver's insurance company about a settlement, but be careful: Insurance companies are adept at getting people to settle for smaller settlements than they deserve.

This is where it can be extremely important for you to have a skilled personal injury lawyer on your side.

Contact A Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Reed S. Bennett, PLLC, in Gulfport, Mississippi, our attorney works hard to make sure our clients recover the full amount of compensation they need and deserve. We investigate your accident, go through your documentation and help you assess the full costs of your injury. We help you stand up against insurance companies and other powerful adversaries to make sure you aren't pressured into settling for less than you deserve.

Get started by calling us at 228-284-0441. You can also contact us online.