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After an Auto Accident

No one plans on getting into a car accident, but with thousands of traffic collisions on Missouri roadways every year, it could be more of an inevitability than most would like to think. And in so many cases, the auto accident is entirely out of the control of the victim, occurring solely due to the negligence of one driver. If this should ever happen to you, there is something you can control: how you handle the situation.

Knowing what to do and what not to do after being in an auto accident is critical. Every action you take or word you say is likely to be highly scrutinized by the other party or their insurance company. Keep the following helpful hints in mind, and you should be able to get through the situation without giving your opposition the advantage.

  1. Call for help: An auto collision is a serious situation that will likely require the authorities on the scene, especially if someone is hurt or if debris has scattered into busy lanes of traffic. Even if it looks like no one is injured, it is good to be safe.
  2. Do not apologize: Your first instinct after a car accident – even if it was not your fault – might be to apologize. It is important to resist that urge now. A simple “sorry” could be seen as an admission of guilt and the blame can shift to you.
  3. Take photographs: Odds are high that you have a camera in your cellphone. Make good use of it after an accident by snapping pictures of the scene, any damages, and any injuries. Don’t forget to photograph both your car and the others involved.
  4. Get testimonies: If someone stops to check to see if you are safe and sound, they probably saw the moment of impact. Ask them to provide you with a written statement of what they saw – you may be surprised with how many good Samaritans are actually out there.

Last But Definitely Not Least

  1. Speak to an attorney: Car accidents may be common but that does not mean that they are not complicated. Rather than trying to piece together legislation, go through litigation, pursue compensation, or deal with insurance companies alone, let a professional do it for you.

Here at Meyerkord, Russel & Hergott, our Kansas City personal injury and car accident attorneys have more than 15 years of combined legal and trial experience helping those need. We are licensed to practice in both Missouri and Kansas, so even if you are struck by another driver on the other side of the Missouri River, we are able to support your claims and uphold your rights. If you have any questions or need to start creating a claim today, feel free to call (816) 867-8611 for a free initial consultation – all calls are answered directly by one of our lawyers!