Every single day,
car accidents happen in fractions of seconds. Of course, no one expects to be involved
in a collision, and thus many drivers find themselves completely overwhelmed
in the aftermath of a crash - especially when they're dealing with
serious physical injuries along with the emotional trauma often experienced
by accident victims. Would you know what steps to take if you were involved
in a crash? As Cape Girardeau car accident attorneys, we want you to be
equipped with the information you need to protect yourself, just in case
the unexpected happens to you.
Being prepared for a Missouri car accident:
• The best offense is a good defense. It's an old cliché, but it's especially applicable when
it comes to roadway safety. Take simple steps to ensure you're driving
responsibly: wear your seat belt; avoid distractions; don't drink
and drive; don't travel too fast for conditions. Unfortunately, taking
these measures won't guarantee that you'll be able to avoid every
potential accident, but they will give you better odds. What's more,
if a collision does occur, your chances of escaping serious injury are
• Carry your insurance card with you at all times. Apart from being good common sense, it's also Missouri state law.
Also, it's a good idea to keep a pencil and notepad in your vehicle
so you can write down important information. After a collision, if you're
physically able to do so, you'll want to record the other driver's
name, address, phone number, license plate number, and insurance info.
• Take some time to program important phone numbers into your phone. These numbers should include your medical providers, your car insurance
company, and your emergency contacts, etc. You might consider downloading
the ICE (In Case of Emergency) app for your
Android devices: among other things, the app allows you to store your emergency
information on your phone's lock screen, just in case you are incapacitated
in an accident.
• Your top priorities should be getting yourself out of harm's
way and calling 911. If possible, you'll also want to move your vehicle out of the roadway
so it doesn't cause a secondary crash. Also, it's crucial that
you move away from the road to exchange information with other drivers.
Many accident fatalities are caused when drivers leave their vehicles
following minor accidents only to be struck by other oncoming vehicles.
While you'll want to collect contact and insurance information from
other drivers, passengers, and witnesses, we advise that you avoid commenting
on the accident to others. Accidents are upsetting, and it's common for drivers to say things
like "it was partly my fault," simply because they're trying
to be kind. Admitting to any measure of fault -
especially when you are not the at-fault driver - can potentially cause problems for you in pursuing a personal injury claim.
• If possible, take photographs of everything. Try to obtain photos of the general area where the accident occurred; any
signage or road obstructions; car damage; traffic lights; weather conditions;
and/or skid marks. If you're using a cell phone camera, make sure
the photos are time-stamped.
• If possible, jot down your observations of roadway conditions, weather,
and any remarks made by other drivers, passengers, and witnesses. This information could be extremely useful in the future.
• If you are injured, seek medical treatment immediately, and save
all documentation of that treatment. Remember that symptoms of soft-tissue injuries - like whiplash - sometimes
take hours or even days to show up. If you're experiencing any pain
or discomfort, get checked out: better safe than sorry.
In addition to pain, suffering, and worry, car accident injuries can generate
enormous expenses. If you have questions about a personal injury lawsuit
connected to a car crash, please contact the lawyers at Aaron Sachs and
Associates today. Our firm works on a contingent-fee basis, and we offer
a free initial consultation to discuss your case. For more information,
call us toll-free at 1-888-777-AUTO, or click here to visit our website. Serving clients in Cape Girardeau
and the surrounding areas, including Jackson, Delta, Gordonville, Oak
Ridge and Whitewater.
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