What Should I Do If I Am Involved in a Car Accident?

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On behalf of Brown & Crouppen, P.C. on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

If you have been involved in a car accident you should do the following:

  1. Stop. If you get in a crash, you must stop. If you leave, then you can be charged with a “hit and run,” which could be a felony. Any crash that includes hitting property, animals or pedestrian also requires that you stop. Remain calm.
  2. Call for help. If someone is injured, call 911. If not, your first call should then be to the police. The police will advise you as to whether the crashed vehicles should be moved out of traffic, and will take statements from the drivers and passengers involved.
  3. Call your insurer. As soon as you are able, call and file an accident report. You should also notify the other driver’s insurer of the accident.
  4. Don’t sign anything. If an insurance adjuster shows up at the scene, don’t give any statements and don’t sign anything.
  5. Gather information. Get the names, addresses and phone numbers of everyone at the scene, especially witnesses.
  6. Visit your doctor. You may have injuries of which you are unaware. If you are examined by a doctor, make sure you are specific in explaining how the accident happened and any and all injuries and problems you sustained as a result.
  7. Call an experienced car accident attorney. If you’ve been injured, you may want a car accident lawyer in Missouri to make sure you receive a fair settlement from the insurance company. Also, proving to another driver’s insurer that its policyholder caused the accident might require the services of an attorney. 


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