If you’re like most adults, then you spend plenty of time behind the wheel of a car. That familiarity can easily lead to complacency, but accidents are far more common than many people realize. In 2014, an estimated 2.34 million people in the United States sustained injuries in motor-vehicle wrecks, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Most of those collisions were minor fender-benders, but even a slow-speed crash can cause whiplash and other injuries. Often, the symptoms of an injury do not manifest for several hours or days after the crash – and if you sustain an injury in an accident, you might need to take legal action to recover fair compensation.
As such, every driver should know how to protect their interests in the event of a crash. Keep these five tips in mind the next time you are in a fender-bender:
- Stay calm;
- Contact the police;
- Record the contact details of drivers and witnesses;
- Take photos of the accident scene;
- And visit a doctor.
If you or a family member was injured by a negligent driver, turn to Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi accident attorney will help you claim compensation for medical bills, lost income and non-economic damages.
Our legal team has been representing the injured for more than 30 years, and we will give your case the individual attention that it deserves. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.
Let’s take a closer look at five steps you should take after a fender-bender:
- Stay calm.
After a collision, you may feel tempted to lash out at the driver who caused the wreck, but this will not help your situation. Take a few deep breaths to calm your nerves before you exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver.
- Contact the police.
You should contact the police after any crash – even if you do not feel injured. The police report will be valuable evidence if the other driver denies liability.
- Record the contact details of drivers and witnesses.
Record the contact and insurance details of all drivers involved in the wreck. You will need that information to make a claim.
You should also write down witnesses’ contact details. Your injury attorney may use their testimonies to support your claim.
- Take photos of the accident scene.
Pictures can help your injury attorney prove negligence, liability and damages. Take photos that show injuries, property damage, the positions of vehicles, traffic signs and skid marks.
- Visit a doctor.
You should visit a doctor after any collision – even if you do not feel seriously injured. If you put off the medical evaluation, then it may be difficult for your accident attorney to tie your injuries to the wreck.
If you were injured in a collision that another driver caused, contact Morris Bart, LTD. A Biloxi accident attorney will handle the legal aspects of your claim so you can focus on recovering from your injuries. Call 800-537-8185 to schedule a free consultation.