There are things to avoid doing after a Mississippi car crash. Doing the wrong thing can affect your ability to file an auto accident claim. The aftermath of an accident is traumatic, but if you can focus enough to avoid making mistakes, it will help you in the long run.
Avoid the mistake of not getting medical attention
You might have the right to seek money for damages and losses following your accident. If you have a personal injury, you’ll need medical documentation to validate your claim. Deciding to skip medical treatment could hurt you in the long run.
You might refuse medical treatment because you think your injuries are insignificant. It’s even possible that you feel fine at the scene. However, some injuries only become obvious hours or days after the incident.
Medical attention is recommended after an accident, even if you feel fine. You might have a hidden injury or an injury that’s more serious than you realize. If you seek compensation for your injuries and damages, you’ll need evidence of your medical treatment.
Avoid acting too late
Some states set a deadline on the time you have to file a lawsuit related to a motor vehicle accident. The California Code of Civil Procedure section 335.1 sets a two-year statute of limitations for filing such a lawsuit. If you try to file after the two years have passed, the courts are unlikely to consider your case.
Always call the police
Failing to call 911 after a car accident is a mistake. The other driver might give a reason why you shouldn’t call 911. No matter what the other driver says, calling 911 is your best interest.
Most importantly, 911 will send the police to the scene. Having an official police report of the accident is valuable. You’ll need this report if you decide to file a claim. 911 can also send an ambulance and paramedics to the scene.
There are several things you should avoid doing after a motor vehicle accident. Making the wrong move could cause problems if you file a claim against the other driver.