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Actions to Take After a Vehicle Accident
The law states that you must stop, regardless of how minor of an accident. Failing to stop can result in criminal penalties. You should move your vehicle so traffic is not obstructed.
Help Injured People
If someone is injured in an accident, you should provide first aid and call for an ambulance. Don’t move the injured person, as this can make injuries worse. You should also take steps to protect others from further injury and try to warn approaching drivers if the road is obstructed and vehicles can’t be moved. You should use warning flashers on the vehicles to get the attention of approaching vehicles.
Contact the Police
In addition to calling for an ambulance, the police should be contacted. The police will conduct an investigation to establish the cause of the accident.
Record Information in Writing
This is not a time to rely on memory. You should note the facts of the accident, contact information for witnesses, skid marks, information about the other drivers, license plate numbers, and information such as the other driver’s insurance information and driver’s license. Here is a card you can print out to keep handy for this purpose.
Don’t make any statements admitting fault, since the other driver may be at fault or share fault. What you say can be taken out of context, misquoted, or confused. Only discuss the accident with the police officer, your insurance company, and your auto accident attorney.
Call Your Doctor
The true extent of injuries is not always apparent. It is common for pain to begin a day or two after the accident. It is a good idea to see your doctor or go to the hospital, if you think you have been hurt in the accident.
Contact Your Auto Insurance Carrier
Insurance company investigators are trained to develop evidence for the insured person’s defense. There are rules about notifying your insurance company and the company can void your insurance policy for not reporting the accident promptly. If this happens, you may not be covered for the damage caused by the accident.
Call the Mayfield Law Firm for an Experienced Auto Accident Lawyer
You need to contact an auto accident attorney if you have been injured in the accident or given a traffic violation. Your auto accident lawyer can provide advice and ensure that your rights are protected. In addition, contacting a lawyer quickly allows your attorney to begin taking statements from witnesses when their memories are fresh.
Auto Accident Attorney Fees
The typical fee for an auto accident lawyer in Memphis, TN, Southaven, MS, and Tupelo, MS, is a contingency fee of 33.33%, which is only collected if your auto accident attorney recovers compensation for your injury. The Mayfield Law Firm offers a discounted rate of 29% for our clients. The firm will advance costs during the case, but these costs are ultimately the responsibility of the client when compensation is awarded.