An accident can leave you struggling to pay your bills and cover expenses, particularly if you cannot work due to the severity of the injury or disability you sustained in a car wreck. If all of your attempts to be compensated for injuries have resulted in auto insurance claims delays or denials, you need a St. Louis car accident lawyer by your side to help you overcome the obstacles in the way of your financial recovery. Your lawyer can help you take legal action necessary to recover a settlement or money damages for a crash-related injury.
Here are some steps to follow after an accident:
- If you are still at the accident scene, stop and call the police. If the other driver is hurt, call 911 and render aid to the other driver in accordance with the operator’s instructions.
- If you have been injured, seek medical treatment immediately. Some injuries do not have symptoms that are visible to the naked eye but manifest by way of pain, light-headedness or memory loss. If you experience any problems in the days following the accident, go to the emergency room and get tested. The longer you wait, the more difficult it is to establish a link between your injury and the accident.
- If the other driver is able, exchange insurance information and get the names and contact information from witnesses. Take pictures of the accident scene so that you can record precisely how the accident occurred.
- Report the accident to your insurance company but do not provide a recorded statement to an insurance claims adjuster without an attorney present. Any statements you make can affect your ability to be compensated for your injury. A car accident lawyer in St. Louis can help you understand how to exercise your legal rights after an accident.
The Missouri Department of Insurance recommends downloading a new WreckCheck mobile application to help you take the necessary steps after an accident. For more information about car accidents and injuries, please call the Guirl Law Firm, LLC.