A car accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming event. You may find that not only are you struggling with damage to your vehicle, you now have to deal with insurance, seek treatment for your injuries and figure out how to move forward. The aftermath of a motor vehicle accident can be complex, and it is beneficial for all Missouri drivers to know what to do and how to proceed in the days and weeks after a crash if they are ever in this situation.
What you say and what you do matters during the aftermath of a crash. It is helpful to know how to proceed at the scene, as well as what to do in the days and weeks to come. This is particularly important if you believe that another person is responsible for your crash and that you could have grounds for a civil claim.
While you are at the scene
While you are at the scene of the accident, it is important to keep your wits about you and avoid saying anything that someone could misconstrue or use against you. After a crash, check on others involved and call for emergency medical services. If you are safely and physically able to do so, you can then seek to exchange contact information with others involved. It is also helpful to take pictures of the accident scene, such as the position of the vehicles.
In the days and weeks to follow
In the days and weeks after a crash, you will need to notify your insurance company. It may decide to pursue action against the responsible party. If the other insurance provider contacts you to make a settlement offer, remember that these offers may not reflect what your case is actually worth. You will also need to keep careful track of your medical bills and documentation that verifies the financial and physical impact of the crash.
What is next?
Navigating the aftermath of a car accident is not easy. Amid your medical bills and the other needs you will have to address, you may feel inadequate to the task. Thankfully, you do not have to take one step of this process alone. You may benefit from seeking assistance from the earliest possible point after an accident and an understanding of your potential legal options.