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Do I Need to Call 911 After a Crash?

In Mississippi, there are specific steps that you need to take following a crash. Of course, your focus should be on safeguarding your rights and getting proper treatment. However, you should also recognize the importance of contacting law enforcement.

Law enforcement can serve as a crucial benefit to your case, helping you in some of the most difficult situations. Here is what you need to know about Mississippi law and your rights moving forward.

When the Law Requires You to Law Enforcement

It’s not always necessary to contact local authorities following a crash. However, it’s never a bad idea if it means protecting your rights. Mississippi requires you to contact law enforcement and report the crash whenever there’s injury or property damage in the crash.

Most minor crashes are enough for a driver’s exchange, but law enforcement can also help with approaching an aggressive driver who may threaten your well-being.

Why It’s Helpful to Have an Officer On Scene

In some situations, you may exchange information on your own. However, it’s not always possible, and law enforcement is required. Here are some of the benefits that you get by contacting an officer:

  • Help with filing a report: An officer can document information about your accident, statements from all parties involved, and more.
  • Emergency medical response: Calling 9-1-1 can bring medical treatment to your accident scene. A paramedic can come out to the accident scene and help you or anyone else who may have suffered an injury.
  • Dealing with unruly individuals: It can be difficult to get the information you need if your crash involves an aggressive or intoxicated individual. A law enforcement officer can help you exchange information with someone who may not be willing to help you.

At 'Maggio | Thompson, LLP, our Jackson car accident attorneys aim to help you with the difficult legal challenges you may encounter and pursue the compensation you deserve. We will be your advocate and pursue the maximum compensation you may recover after suffering harm because of someone else’s negligence.

Call us today at (601) 265-6869.

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