Car Accident Lawyers Columbia, Missouri
Being involved in a car accident is something that nobody ever anticipates happening to them. Unfortunately, in the state of Missouri alone, thousands of people are injured in auto accidents and hundreds are killed. Because an auto accident can occur at any time, it’s important that all drivers be aware of the steps they should take following an accident—regardless of whether it’s a minor fender bender or a head-on collision.
At Bley & Evans Trial Attorneys, we put our expertise and experience to work for Missouri auto accident victims, helping them recover the compensation they’re entitled to for accident-related medical bills, property damage, pain and suffering lost wages, and more.
What to Do After an Auto Accident
If you’re involved in an auto accident, the first (and most important) step is to make sure everybody involved is okay. If anybody is injured, call 9-1-1 and wait for assistance. Do not attempt to move an injured person unless absolutely necessary. If nobody is injured, and if it is possible, try to move the affected vehicles to the side of the road or shoulder so as to prevent traffic flow problems.
Next, be sure to obtain names and phone numbers from any witnesses, and ask them to wait around to provide a statement once police arrive to take a report. If there is damage to your car, take pictures of the damage and, if possible, get photos of the entire accident scene; these can come in handy down the road if you end up in court.
And, of course, if you end up suffering from any injuries, such as whiplash or anything else that results in your incurring a medical bill, be sure to keep all records of your bills and any other receipts of relevant expenses following the accident.
How an Attorney Can Help
Then, contact an attorney. Having a legal professional on your side can help protect your rights in the event that you end up with a denied auto insurance claim or other obstacle after your accident. In some cases, auto insurance companies will try to pay out less than what is truly owed to the accident victim in the hopes that they will accept it anyway. By having an attorney by your side to review your settlement offer and help you make the right decision, you can ensure that you don’t accept anything less than the total amount you’re entitled to for covering your related medical bills, property damage, lost wages, and any other expenses.
Whether you were involved in a minor auto accident or something more serious, having an attorney by your side is in your best interests.
The last thing you want is to end up having your insurance claim denied or being paid less than what you’re owed. Many people make the mistake of assuming that their auto insurance adjuster will be fair, but it’s important to remember that these adjusters don’t work for you — they work for the insurance companies. As a result, your claim could be outright denied for unjust reasons, which you will then need to prove in court in order to have the decision overturned by a judge. This is not something you will want to attempt on your own; having an attorney will make all the difference.
At Bley & Evans Trial Attorneys, we handle auto accident cases all the time and have represented clients with a variety of injuries. We know how to best represent you to receive the full compensation you’re entitled to, and we’d love to start with a free consultation. Give us a call at 844-443-8385 to schedule yours today.
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