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Auto Accident Checklist: What to Do

Auto Accident Checklist: What to Do

Posted By Montee Law Firm, P.C. || 8-Jun-2017

No one plans on being involved in a traffic collision, which is why any auto accident can be a frightening experience, especially when they result in injuries. Because what you do or say following a wreck can impact your health, communication with insurance companies, and your right to recover compensation for property damage or personal injury, planning for the unexpected or taking immediate action after a crash has already happened is crucial.

Since 1996, our Kansas City car accident lawyers at Montee Law Firm, P.C. have helped thousands of clients throughout Kansas City and the surrounding region after they were harmed in preventable accidents, including all types of car accidents and vehicle collisions. Over the years, we have seen how certain mistakes or issues can threaten the rights of injured victims and complicate their ability to recover the financial compensation they need. As such, we wanted to provide a helpful checklist of important things you should remember following an auto accident:

  1. Call the police – Not everyone enjoys contact with law enforcement, but calling authorities following a car accident is one of the wisest decisions you can make. Not only will this ensure that emergency medical services will respond to the scene if needed, it can also help with the collection of information and evidence. A law enforcement officer can speak to all involved parties, including witnesses, and collect their statements and information. This information will be part of a police report that provides an objective account of what happened during a crash.
  2. Never admit fault – When speaking with any other drivers involved in your crash or police, never admit fault. Doing so can be seen as an admission of causing the accident, which can be used against you should you decide to pursue a personal injury case against the other driver. Even though it may be a natural reaction to apologize or say “sorry,” you should avoid this as well, as insurance companies will be quick to point out that you are admitting fault. Even if you think you may have caused the accident, remember there may be factors you are unaware of that show another driver is truly at fault.
  3. Collect information – Even if a law enforcement officer is present or there doesn’t appear to be any damage or injuries to anyone involved, you should always collect as much information as you can, if you are able to do so. This includes exchanging contact and insurance information with all parties involved. You can also get statements and contact information from witnesses. Be sure to record in your notes the vehicles involved, driver’s license and license plate numbers, and where the accident took place. You can also take photos of vehicle damage, the scene of the accident, and any visible injuries.
  4. Seek a medical evaluation – Seeking a medical evaluation, or following up with a doctor if you received medical attention after the crash, is critical to your health. Often, victims of car accidents don’t experience pain or symptoms right away, or may think that their injuries are not serious enough to warrant medical attention. This can be dangerous, as there are certain injuries which can quickly become life-threatening if left unaddressed, such as brain injuries. By seeking a medical evaluation as soon as you can, you can rule out serious injuries and receive treatment you need. You also limit the insurance company’s ability to argue that you were not hurt in the wreck simply because you waited to see a doctor, even if you were in pain all along.
  5. Trusting insurers – Insurance companies are in business to make money, and they go to great lengths to pay injured victims as little as they can. This means that when an insurance adjuster or representative from the at-fault driver’s insurance company calls you, they may be try to get you to say things that can be used against you, or may quickly try to settle before you know the full scope of your damages and losses. Don’t trust the insurance company, and don’t speak with them. Remember, you can have a lawyer handle communication with insurance companies on your behalf.
  6. Call a lawyer – These most important thing you can do after an auto wreck is to bring your case to the attention of an experienced lawyer. You want to make sure that the lawyer you seek has experience in personal injury law, and that they know how to protect your rights and interests at all stages of the process. At Montee Law Firm, P.C., we focus exclusively on representing the injured, and have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation on their behalves. When victims reach out to us, we immediately set to work on reviewing their case, discussing their rights and options, and explaining what we can do to handle all the legal work involved. We provide the guidance, support, and representation clients need so that they can focus on their recoveries as we fight for the compensation they deserve.

No matter what happened after your car accident, it is important to learn about your rights and options. That’s why our legal team is readily available to help as soon as possible after a crash occurs. We even offer weekend, evening, hospital and in-home appointments. Contact us today for a FREE consultation with a lawyer from our firm.

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