Moving your car can damage your case and make it difficult to successfully make a personal injury claim and obtain compensation.
You have probably heard that you should never move your car after you have been involved in a car accident. Preserving evidence and making sure that cars are not moved or repositioned until police arrive at the scene and can assess the damage is extremely important.
However, accidents are incredibly stressful. Even if you are not seriously injured, the stress of being involved in an accident can affect your ability to make rational decisions. Being familiar with accident protocol and protecting evidence that can help you later on is extremely important. Additionally, knowing what to do ahead of time can give you some focus and help you stay calm. If you become familiar with these steps, you will have a better chance of staying safe, protecting your claim, protecting your personal property, complying with regulations, and following insurance protocol.
Determine if anyone is injured. If anyone requires medical attention, call 911 and request an ambulance. Once you have called for help, if it is necessary, you should move to a safe location. While vehicles should not always be moved, if you can safely move yourself and anyone else involved, you generally should. For example, if your accident happened in the middle of traffic, you should get yourself and anyone you can safely move to a location where you are safe and will not cause further accidents. Next, contact the police.
Protecting Your Insurance Claim
- Once you have determined the extent of the injuries and exchanged contact information, you should try to take these steps to make the insurance claims process go smoothly.
- Document damage by taking pictures
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to notify them of the accident and begin the claims process.
- Answer questions from the police and your insurance company
- Contact a car accident attorney
- Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the police, your attorney, or your insurance company. Make sure not to make comments that admit or imply liability. Do not even make statements like “I am sorry,” as this can negatively impact your insurance claim or any litigation that follows.
Free Consultation with a St. Louis Car Accident Lawyer
Don’t talk to an insurance claims adjuster before speaking with The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. We can help you avoid making statements that may affect the outcome of your case. The consultation is free, and you don’t pay unless we get you money!