Protect Your Rights After a Car Accident
Serious car accidents are life-changing events. In the traumatic moments after a car accident some of the most important decisions concerning your injury and claim will need to be made. You should understand what you need to do in the event of a car accident before it occurs. The Columbia car accident injury attorneys at Allen & Nelson, P.C., want to help you protect your rights under the law and seek fair compensation for your injuries.
Steps to Take Immediately Following Automobile Crashes
There are several things to keep in mind if you have been in an auto accident. Immediately after an accident the most important thing to do is seek medical attention for your injuries. Also, if you are able, determine whether your passengers or any other people in the accident have been injured. If so, call an ambulance immediately.
Next, you should call the police and file an accident report. At this time you should also exchange information with the driver of the other vehicle. While exchanging information stick to obtaining the other driver's name, address, telephone number license plate number, and auto insurance information. It is best to avoid engaging in conversation about the accident with the other driver. You should never make any statements about fault to either the other driver or the police. Any statement you make can be used against you later in connection with your car accident injury claim. Your focus should be on obtaining proper medical care, giving the police the facts, and exchanging insurance information with the other driver.
Dealing With Insurance Companies
Soon after the accident the insurance company may try to call and speak to you. It is very important that you contact a car accident injury attorney before speaking with an insurance adjustor. Most insurance company adjustors are nice people. This may make you feel like they are working in your best interests. However, the insurance adjustor works for the insurance company and the insurance company is trying to make a profit. The insurance company makes more profits by limiting the amount of compensation you receive. Thus, the insurance adjustor is not working in your best interests, but rather for the best interests of his employer, the insurance company. Allen & Nelson, P.C., is uniquely qualified to effectively represent your interests with the insurance company after you have had a car accident injury due to the negligence of another. We deal with insurance companies everyday and we can assist you in making important decisions about your car accident injury case.
Contact Our Missouri Accident Injury Claim Lawyers
Contact one of our Columbia, Missouri, car crash injury lawyers for a free consultation concerning your legal rights.