Each state has different laws regarding car accidents. In Mississippi, the law considers who was at fault. Proving driver negligence is, therefore, essential. In other states, this is less important as they operate no-fault policies.
If you are involved in a vehicle accident in Meridian that was not your fault, you will need to get legal help to build a case against the other driver. These are some things you can do to strengthen your case:
- Call the police: You must call the police if someone is injured or killed in the crash, or if there is damage to property amounting to more than $500. The police can gather evidence that may help your case.
- Do not say it was your fault: Saying, “I’m sorry” or “I didn’t see you” could all count as evidence — against you.
- Get the contact details of any witnesses: Witnesses could prove crucial to your case. So get their contact details while they are still there. They do not need to have been out in the street or on the road either: You may spot someone on their porch, or peering through their curtains who saw it all happen.
- Take photos: Use the camera on your phone. Photograph the scene, the damage to your car and the other car, photograph any injuries and any skid marks. While the police should do this, there is no harm in having a copy.
- Download your dashcam footage: If you have a dashcam, any footage it captures may be allowed as evidence. Make sure you download that evidence before it automatically deletes.
Take all the evidence you have to your local Meridian attorney. They can decide what they can and cannot use to build your case against the other driver who caused the accident.