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What to do immediately after an accident

If you have been involved in a car accident in Missouri or any other state, it is important to stay at the scene. Failing to do so could lead to civil or criminal penalties. It is also important that you remain calm until authorities can arrive at the scene of the crash.

Don’t apologize for your actions

Even if you believe that an accident was your fault, it is important that you don’t apologize for causing it. There is a chance that the crash was caused by factors outside of your control, but saying that you’re sorry could be used as an admission of guilt during settlement talks or during a trial.

Collect as much evidence as possible

You should take pictures, keep copies of medical records and obtain valuations of property that was lost or damaged in a crash. This information may help to bolster your chances of obtaining compensation in a settlement or at trial. It may also help your insurance company defend itself against any attempts by other drivers or injured parties to collect compensation.

Inform your insurance company about the crash

Your insurance company will need to know that you have been in an accident and will need to know how it happened. It is important to tell the truth as lying to your insurance provider could result in your claim being denied. If possible, give your insurance provider a copy of the police report associated with the crash.

Don’t settle early

There is a chance that you will receive an offer to settle the case hours or days after the car crash happens. It is generally not in your best interest to accept an agreement until you have had a chance to discuss it with your attorney.

If you have been hurt in an accident, a personal injury attorney may be able to help you obtain a favorable outcome in your case. This might be done by deposing witnesses, collecting evidence on your behalf or taking other steps to establish that your injuries were caused by another person’s negligence.