It is important to be prepared before a car accident occurs.
The steps you take when you are involved in a car accident may sound very simple on paper. The reality is when you are involved in a car accident, it is very easy to panic and forget what correct steps to take. Failure to obtain the correct information could result in financial loss. Panicking and fleeing the scene could get you into legal trouble. Therefore, it is important to be prepared ahead of time, so that if you are involved in an accident, you know what to do.
Make a List
It is a great idea to keep a checklist of things to do after an accident. You could write this checklist down and put it in your glove compartment or keep the list digitally on your cell phone. As previously mentioned, the steps may seem pretty straightforward, but making sure you take every necessary action will benefit you greatly in the long run.
Collect as Much Information as Possible
Cell phones can be of great assistance when you are involved in an accident. Without making a big deal, it may be a good idea to use your cell phone to take a picture of the other driver’s license plate and even the driver themselves. This may help in proving that you were in an accident with that car and driver.
In addition, write down details about the accident. Take note of the physical description of the other driver and vehicle, including the vehicle’s make, model, color, and other details. Write down how the accident occurred and what damage resulted. Call the police and pass this information along to them.
Approach any witnesses who may have seen the accident and ask for their name and contact information. Accident witnesses often prove to be very valuable.
While car accidents are often not completely avoidable, you can avoid being the cause of an accident by being a safe driver. Avoiding distractions, driving the speed limit, and obeying traffic laws are just a few simple ways that you can avoid being the cause of an auto accident.
Contact a Car Accident Lawyer
It is a good idea to contact a car accident lawyer soon after being involved in an accident. An experienced attorney can help you uncover evidence and help you receive financial compensation for damages and medical bills resulting from an accident.
If you been involved in a car accident in Missouri, contact The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. Our St. Louis car accident lawyers have a proven track record of getting results for our clients in Missouri and Illinois.