Missouri drivers can take action after a car accident to help to protect themselves and their ability to pursue compensation after the crash. This is especially important for people who have been injured or had their vehicle damaged after an auto accident caused by another driver's dangerous, distracted or negligent driving. Of course, the most important immediate task after stopping at the accident scene is pursuing emergency medical care; when no urgent treatment is necessary, it is still important to visit the doctor later.
There are some key pieces of information that it can be important to gather immediately following a car accident that can help with the process moving forward. These details include the personal information of other drivers involved, such as their names, addresses and telephone numbers. Insurance details are also key, including the name and policy number for the cars involved. In addition, it is important to document the vehicles involved in the crash.
Aside from this basic information, people involved in a car accident can help to bolster their narrative by immediately recording and preserving details of the crash itself. A mobile phone can help people take pictures of the accident scene before cars are removed. Writing down or recording key facts can also be very helpful; these include the date, time and location of the accident, the direction the cars involved were traveling, and the weather and visibility conditions.
All of this information is important as it can be shared with one's auto insurer as soon as possible after the car accident while filing a claim. Unfortunately, on many occasions, filing a claim with insurance is not enough to be made whole for the damages incurred. A personal injury lawyer can help people injured in a crash to pursue compensation for their medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other expenses.