After A Car Accident, Remember The Six C’s
At Paulus Law Firm, LLC, our clients’ safety is important to us — that is why we’ve compiled an easy to remember list of steps you should take if you are involved in an accident.
Follow These Steps Right Away
After a car accident, do these things right away:
- First you need to check on yourself, anyone else in your vehicle and the involved party to see if everyone is okay. Then promptly evacuate the vehicles if it is safe to do so. Do not move a severely injured person unless your vehicle or theirs is in danger of combusting.
- Next you should call the necessary emergency numbers. The police need to assess the situation, and emergency responders may be required to assist any injured parties. It’s imperative that you seek medical attention even if you aren’t sure you need it. Symptoms of head injuries like a concussion or indicators of whiplash may not show up right away.
- If possible, the next step is to collect evidence. Take pictures of your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle. Make sure that the images are clear and the damage is adequately documented for your insurance claim.
- Confirm the other party’s insurance information and exchange yours. Because Missouri is an at-fault state, you will need to file a claim against the other driver to receive compensation for damages and/or injuries sustained to you, your loved ones or your vehicle.
- Make a claim as soon as possible. You have a limited time frame in which to file your claim, and the sooner you do so, the better. Have your documents ready and the other driver’s information handy to ease the process.
- Lastly, consult a lawyer. Enlisting the assistance of an attorney can help move your claim forward, ensure that you receive rightful compensation for damages and injuries, as well as give you added peace of mind.
Set Up A Free Consultation
If you have further concerns regarding the steps you need to take after an auto accident, set up a free consultation with an attorney at our Cuba office by calling 573-677-4936 today or send us your questions using our online contact form.