No one wakes up in the morning and plans to have a car accident, but being prepared for the unexpected can save you both time and money. Our accident lawyers in Overland Park, KS have listed these tips so you will know what to do if an accident happens to you.
1. Pull Over to the Side of the Road.
I recently read about an accident victim who survived a car crash only to die when her disabled vehicle was hit by another car. It is not safe to leave your car in the road, so whenever possible, move your car to the side of the road
2. Make Sure No One is Hurt.
Check that the occupants of your car are unharmed. If it safe to do so, check on the occupants of the other car as well. If anyone is injured or seems to be in shock, do not move them unless there is an immediate danger. Moving an injury victim can cause further injury. Call 911 and ask for help.
3. Call the Police and Report the Accident.
You should call the police even if there are no injuries. If an officer won’t come to the scene, ask how you can file a police report. Many insurance companies require a police report before they will pay damages.
4. Exchange Contact and Insurance Information with the Other Driver.
Give the other driver your name, phone number, address and insurance information and get the same information from the other person. You should also write down their license plate number.
5. Get Witness Information.
If anyone is helping or standing around the crash site, ask for their name, phone number, and address. They may be able to provide evidence to support your accident claim
6. Take Pictures.
If you have a cell phone or camera with you, take pictures of the accident scene, your vehicle, your injuries, the other vehicle, skid marks... anything that shows evidence of the accident.
7. As Soon as Possible, Call Your Insurance Company.
Report the accident to your insurance company within 24 hours. They will want to know:
• Where and when the accident happened
• Who else was involved
• If there is a police report
• If anyone was injured
Do not give any additional information at this time, and refuse if you are asked to make a recorded statement.
8. Speak to a Lawyer
After an accident, an accident lawyer in Overland Park, KS can evaluate your case, determine who is at fault, and explain your options for getting your injuries and other damages paid for. Contact Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys at 888-348-2616; the initial consultation is free.
For more information about what to do after an Overland Park car crash, download Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys’s free book: “10 Essential Steps You Must Take To Protect Your Injury Claim.”