There are over 10 million car accidents in the United States every year. No matter how careful you are, chances are you are going to be involved in an accident at some point in your life. If it happens, keep a cool head and remember the following tips in order to ensure your safety and protect your interests.
Remain at the scene. If you leave the scene of an accident, you are likely in violation of state hit and run laws.
Prevent additional accidents. If your car is still able to drive, pull over to a safe spot. If not, turn on your hazard lights and use cones or flares to divert traffic.
Call the police. Depending on the degree of damage or injuries, you may be required by law to call the police. Even if not, you may need a police report in order to file an insurance claim.
Exchange information. Be sure to get the other driver’s name, contact information, driver’s license number, and insurance information. If there are witnesses, try to get their contact information as well.
Take photos. Use the camera on your mobile phone to document the scene of the accident and any vehicle damage.
Do not apologize or admit fault. An admission could be used as evidence against you, whether you were actually at fault or not.
Seek medical treatment. Because injuries from car accidents sometimes take time to manifest themselves, it is important to see a doctor even if you feel you are not seriously injured. You will also need documentation of your injuries in the event you decide to pursue compensation for them.
Consult an experienced Kansas City car accident attorney. At Wendt Law Firm P.C., our experienced legal team will thoroughly investigate your accident to determine if you have a claim, and then negotiate a settlement or represent you at trial to ensure you receive the full monetary compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation. We will only receive a fee in the event of a successful resolution of your case.