Following these four steps after an auto accident can help ensure your legal rights are protected.
Over the course of a lifetime, the average driver will experience up to three car accidents. Certainly no driver in St. Louis wakes up thinking they will be involved in a car accident on that day, but being preparation can go a long way in protecting your legal rights. If you are involved in a car accident, put your physical safety first and, if possible, follow these four tips.
Call the Police From the Accident Scene
One mistake made by many drivers is not getting a proper police report after a car accident. Some fear that they will be found at fault, while others may think that the price of an increased insurance premium is not worth the dent on the fender. Sometimes an injury is not apparent right after an accident and failing to call the police will often hurt your claim for compensation. A police officer at the scene can help in determining liability. They will also collect important witness statements that could be used later to help make your case.
Take Pictures Using Your Cell Phone
The positioning of the cars immediately following an accident are very telling, as is the location of any damage and its severity. Do not forget the inside of the vehicles to show whether or not the force of the impact was strong enough to deploy the airbags. Take photographs of as much as you can before the accident scene is cleared, including any skid marks that may be in the road. These photos will be of great use when it comes time to seek compensation for your financial damages.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if you feel okay after the accident, it could be that you are in a state of shock. This will mask injuries temporarily and make it difficult to determine if you have been hurt and to what extent. Some injuries, such as whiplash, can occur from low impact collisions and the symptoms may not show for days afterwards.
Call a St. Louis Auto Accident Attorney
An attorney who has experienced handling automobile accident claims can review the evidence of your accident in order to determine liability and whether or not you are entitled to receive compensation.
If you were harmed by the negligence of another St. Louis driver, following these four steps will prove invaluable when it comes time to file your car accident claim. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242 for a free consultation.