Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys Ask: Do you know what to do in the aftermath of an accident?

Most good things in life require some degree of advanced preparation. Whether it is a wedding, the first day of school, or a camping trip, most events just do not happen without planning. Sure, some people like to plan more than others, but a certain minimum amount of effort is necessary. The same is true of the not so great events that happen in life. While you may not want to spend a ton of time dwelling on bad things that hopefully will never happen to you, in some cases, it can be helpful. For example, the aftermath of a car accident is not a time you want to fly by the seat of your pants! Knowing ahead of time what to do in this type of situation, will give you peace of mind should the situation arise. The following is a list of steps motorists should take after an accident:

  1. Stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident is not only a bad idea it can also be a crime. Plan to stay at the scene of the accident until the police have given you the okay to leave.
  2. Move to safety. A common misconception many motorists have is that after an accident, all vehicles should remain where they are until police tell them it is okay to move them. However, often it is quite dangerous to leave cars in the middle of the road. If a car can be moved, move it to the shoulder or off of the road. If the car cannot be moved, turn on the hazard lights to alert other motorists, and get yourself to a safe place. Do not wait in your vehicle.
  3. Check on others and call for help. First, take a moment to catch your breath and make sure that you and your passengers are okay. Then, check to see if others need medical attention. Depending on the seriousness of the accident call 911 or the police.
  4. Gather information. While you await the police, start your own Exchange insurance and driver’s license information with other drivers. Take notes of the scene including the names and contact information of passengers, license plate numbers, contact information of witnesses, and make and model of all vehicles involved. Once officers arrive at the scene, take note of the officers’ names and badge numbers. If you do not have pen or paper, text yourself the information.
  5. Photograph the scene. While cell phones can be quite harmful when used while driving, they are actually very helpful in the aftermath of an accident. Use your smartphone to take photographs of the scene, including the location of the accident.
  6. Call your insurance company. Regardless of whether you think the accident was your fault or not, it is important to contact your insurance company promptly.

If you suffered serious injuries after being involved in an accident, it is important to contact a skilled Kansas City Injury Attorney who can protect your rights! The experienced Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. have been helping accident victims in Kansas and Missouri for almost two decades. Our seasoned Kansas City Personal Injury Attorneys will fight to make sure that you receive proper compensation for your injuries. Trust the Personal Injury Attorneys at Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. to help you, just as they have helped countless injury victims in the area. Call Hubbard & Kurtz, L.L.P. today at (816) 472-4673 to schedule a consultation. We look forward to meeting with you.


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