Following an accident, there are a few important things you should do immediately and before leaving the scene. The Mississippi car accident lawyers at ‘Maggio|Thompson believe that each of these will greatly increase your chances of a successful recovery and maximizing any damages that you may be able to recover.
1. Notify the Authorities:
If you have been involved in a car crash in Jackson or elsewhere Mississippi, your first priority should be assessing yourself and your passengers for injuries, then promptly contacting law enforcement and other emergency personnel.
2. Take Photographs of the Scene:
If you are physically able, take photographs of the scene and damage to all vehicles involved using a camera or cell phone. When taking pictures of your Mississippi car accident, try to take pictures as soon as possible and without placing yourself in danger.
You should take as many pictures as possible, as it is always better to have too many pictures of your car accident scene than too few. Try to get wide-angle or panoramic shots, capturing as much of the accident scene in a single frame as possible. You should also take close-up, detailed shots.
Make sure that you capture photos of:
- All four corners of the cars (front and rear);
- Interior of the cars;
- Scattered debris such as glass, fuel, and car parts;
- Traffic signals and road signs near the scene of the crash;
- Road markings such as yellow lines and arrows;
- Skid marks or other damage to the road surface;
- Any visible injuries sustained by you or your passengers;
- Other drivers and passengers involved in the crash;
- Witnesses, if able.
Make sure to take the time and properly focus your shots. Shots that are out of focus are of minimal value to your claim. This is essential information that will greatly help the attorneys recreate the scene of your motor vehicle accident.
3. Collect Witness Information:
Collect the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all parties involved, anyone you spoke to at the scene, and any other witnesses of the accident. Have these contacts organized so you can share them with your Mississippi car accident attorney.
If you failed to collect the contact information of anyone at the scene, this information can be found in the traffic accident report available at your local police station, or the auto accident attorneys at ‘Maggio|Thompson will help you obtain this report.
If your insurance company or the insurance company of the other party contacts you, do not sign anything without talking to our car accident lawyers first. You may, without knowing, be signing away your rights to compensation. It is also recommended to never give a recorded statement without the advice and consent of counsel.
And lastly, the most important thing after a motor vehicle accident is receiving the medical care and attention that you need. Do not worry about talking with witnesses and taking photographs if you are unable to do so. You should always take care of your injuries first and foremost.
If you or someone you care about has been involved in a car wreck, CALL THE 3s!