What to Do When the Police Don’t Come to the Scene of Your Car AccidentMississippi Legal News
The purpose of law enforcement coming to the scene of a traffic accident is to secure the surroundings, conduct traffic especially if the accident scene is a hazard or is blocking the flow of other vehicles, determine if any hazards exist, and do an investigation into what happened. If emergency services are needed, then a police officer will make the call and get the professionals that are necessary to the crash site.
It is important to be cooperative with law enforcement when they are asking you questions about your vehicles’ registration, your insurance, and your contact information. Should an officer question you about other details of the crash which could lead to you self-incriminating and then potentially criminal charges, you can exercise your right not to answer these types of inquiries.
Outside of criminal charges, though, the police may speak to witnesses and take your account of what happened. If the police officer doesn’t ask you for your side of the story you may still try to tell them what you think. It is important to understand, though, they are under no obligation to take down what you say or even consider it. All of the information that the officer gathers at the accident scene will be used to help them write their crash report.
When an Officer Doesn’t Show to My Crash What Should I do?
After a serious car accident, you should first check everyone who was involved if you are able to and determine if there is a need for emergency medical care. You should call 9-1-1 and you will be able to explain to the dispatcher what the situation is. If medical aid is necessary let the dispatcher know to send those first responders and depending on the nature and location of your accident, a police officer may also come out.
While the police often come to the scene of most traffic collisions, they don’t always. Minor accidents where there are no injuries and the accident isn’t a hazard to the flow of traffic may not have a police officer sent out. Still, it is important that you protect your best interest, and if you choose to move forward with a personal injury suit that you have all of the evidence and documentation of your crash you can get. This means:
- Take pictures of the orientation of your car and others that were involved, of skid marks on the road, of the damages to all cars and the location of that destruction, of the weather conditions, traffic lights, stop signs, etc.
- If witnesses are around and willing to provide you with their contact information to provide a testimonial, take that information down.
- Exchange insurance information.
- Write down the details as soon as you can right after your crash so that you don’t forget anything. Potentially a driver may have admitted guilt, this is crucial to a claim.
Speak with a Mississippi Car Accident Attorney Today
A police officer’s crash report can be a useful piece of your Jackson personal injury suit. But when no police officer makes it out to your accident, then you must be proactive in collecting information. Do not waste time after your accident, immediately connect with a Jackson personal injury attorney. If you have a case for compensation, your car accident attorney in Mississippi will let you know and also advise you on how to get the most compensation possible. Call the Germany Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation at (601) 487-0555.