Being in a serious car accident can definitely be rattling. Usually, there are a million things running through your mind and it can take a bit just to focus and realize what exactly happened. Our personal injury attorneys at Deputy and Mizell know it is not something anyone expects to happen, but knowing ahead of time what to do if you are involved in a car accident can help you deal with the situation in the best way possible. So, if you would like to know what to do just in case you are ever in a car accident at the Lake of the Ozarks, we have five things to remember in today’s blog.
1) Stay Calm
Panicking may be the natural instinct, but the more you can stay focused and calm, the easier it will be to assess the situation and figure out what to do next.
2) Don’t Leave the Scene
You should never flee the scene of an accident. Even if you’re scared and aren’t sure what to do, it is important to stay and take care of the matters at hand.
3) Safety First
Right away, you want to look at the situation and see if it is possible to move the cars off the roadway. Unless it is unsafe or not possible to move the vehicles, you will want to move them to avoid potentially causing additional accidents. ONLY if it is safe to do so should you take a few quick pictures of the positioning of the vehicles and the scene before moving the cars.
4) Call 911
Whether the accident is major or minor, it is important to get a police report to document what happened. Even if the accident is partially your fault you may still have a claim for partial compensation for your losses.
5) Do Not Admit Fault
Even if you feel like it’s partly your fault, or you just feel “sorry” that the accident happened, do not say anything that could be construed as admitting guilt or fault. Usually, the less said the better, especially when talking to the other people involved in the car accident.
Call a personal injury attorney right away.
When you are injured in a serious car accident, you have enough to deal with just recovering from your injuries and facing financial difficulties of lost wages and expensive medical bills. The sooner you contact an experienced personal injury attorney at Lake of the Ozarks, the sooner they can get to work doing the research to build your case and defend your rights, so you can focus on healing. The attorneys at Deputy and Mizell have extensive experience with auto injury cases and are familiar with the tactics insurance companies use against personal injury claims. We have effective strategies to prove your case and are willing and able to fight the battle for you, and we are not afraid to go to court if the insurance company refuses to make or accept a fair settlement offer. We are prepared to represent you in any motor vehicle accident claim, including the following:
- Car accidents
- Truck crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Accidents caused by distracted drivers
- Accidents involving cell phone usage or texting
- Mass transit accidents
- Accidents involving taxis or limousines
- Pedestrian and bicycle accidents
No matter what type of vehicle accident you were in or how it happened, it is important that you understand your rights and options under the law. Our knowledgeable attorneys in central Missouri are available during regular business hours and by appointment evenings and weekends and we offer a free initial consultation to all new clients. Don’t wait to see if we can help, contact us today. To see all our tips and legal information, be sure to follow us on social media. The links to our channels are below.
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