Personal Injury

What to Do After a Car Accident

Benjamin U. Bowden
December 26, 2023

A car accident can have a significant impact on your life. Depending on the severity of the crash, you may be left with lasting physical injuries and financial hardships. After being involved in a car accident, you should seek the representation of an experienced attorney to get the compensation you deserve. 

Seek Medical Attention

Seeking medical attention for your injuries should be the first step after being involved in a car accident. You should check for problems with mobility, symptoms of head injuries and excessive bleeding for both yourself and your passengers.  You should report any symptoms to dispatch and officers in the event that an ambulance is needed to be called.  

Because not all injuries are apparent at the scene of the accident, you should continue to monitor for symptoms.  Sometimes the onset of pain occurs 24 or 48 hours after an accident.  You should seek the appropriate medical treatment for these injuries as well.  

Call The Police

Always call the police after a car accident so they can document the scene, gather evidence, and take statements from the parties involved and also independent witnesses. Also, having law enforcement officers arrive at the scene can help keep things under control and ensure that all parties remain calm, which can help prevent any further incidents from occurring. In addition, they will provide a police report, which is crucial for you to pursue legal action.

Gather Evidence

After confirming that no one is critically injured, calling the police, and ensuring that you’re not in immediate danger, you should proceed to gather evidence. Take pictures of any injuries, the surrounding area, and any damage to your vehicle.

You should also collect information from any witnesses who may be willing to testify in your case. Ask them for their contact information, address, and a statement of what they saw. It is also helpful to collect information from the other driver, such as their name, phone number, address, and insurance company name.

Keep Documentation of Medical Appointments

When visiting a physician, following treatment instructions and documenting all your medical appointments is important. This is important for a number of reasons, including providing proof of the severity of any injuries suffered in the accident and establishing a timeline for medical treatment.

Documentation can provide an accurate record of treatment for future reference. It can also serve as evidence if you decide to pursue a legal case. 

Contact an Experienced Mississippi Car Accident Attorney Today for Help

If you were injured in a Mississippi auto accident, contact Ben Bowden, PC to find out if you have a case. If you live in Mississippi, call (228) 896-5652 to schedule a consultation with Ben Bowden and get started with your case.