TIP #1: Move Your Vehicle Out Of The Road
When possible, the very first thing you should do is get yourself and all involved vehicles out of the way of oncoming traffic as quickly as possible. If you remain in the roadway, you risk being hit by other vehicles and increasing the damages/injuries associated with your accident.
TIP #2: Call 911
The next thing you should do is call 911 and request the presence of emergency authorities. If the accident and resulting injuries are severe, you may need an ambulance and/or fire truck. Law enforcement will typically write an accident report, assess liability, and if appropriate, write a ticket to the at-fault party. This documentation and information will be useful to your attorney as he or she assesses your personal injury claim.
TIP #3: Don't Leave The Scene Of The Accident
Many new drivers do not realize this, but leaving the scene of an auto accident can be illegal. If you are the at-fault driver and have left the scene of the accident by the time the authorities arrive, you may be charged with a "hit and run," which could result in serious penalties or even a criminal record. Even if the damage is minor, you should remain at the scene of the accident until the authorities have indicated you may leave.
TIP #4: Take Pictures Of The Accident
We strongly recommend that you take photographs of your accident. Chances are good that the details you remember about the accident will be different than the details the other driver remembers. Photographic evidence can be a huge asset when pursuing a personal injury claim.
TIP #5: Document Everything
If you want to set your car accident claim up for success, it is imperative that you document everything. Your car accident attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks may be able to help you properly position your case. Examples of the types of documentation you will need may include the other driver's insurance information, photographs of the scene of the accident, the police report, and correspondence with your insurance company.
Have You Been In An Accident? Contact O'Donnell Law Center Today.
Remember to exercise extra caution while you are traveling for Thanksgiving weekend; more auto accidents happen around Thanksgiving than almost any other time of the year.
If you are fighting for your rights in the aftermath of an auto accident, we hope you will contact O'Donnell Law Center. Our dedicated auto accident attorney will do everything possible to ensure that you recover the damages from your accident that you deserve.
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