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What You Should and Shouldn't Do After a St. Louis Car Accident

Posted by attorney Christopher Hoffmann

The majority of personal injury cases involve automobile accidents. The convenience of new technology makes people’s lives easier in many ways and may reduce the boredom you feel during your commute. However, these technologies also increase the risk of serious accidents. Fiddling with the radio or eating while driving were previously some of the few distractions inside a vehicle that could direct someone’s attention away from the road. But now cell phones and GPS are added to the list of distractions that make driving far more dangerous. In some states even police are banned from using their computers while driving because it was drastically increasing the chances of them getting into a crash. As technology advances, we can expect distracted driving to become even more of an issue. Attempting to multitask by texting and driving, talking on the phone, checking emails, looking at GPS, and eating, have become the norm for many drivers. Multitasking presents a real danger as it takes a drivers attention away from the road. What to do following an accident If you have been involved in a car accident, you should contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer as soon as possible. There are also several things you should remember to do.

  • Take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicles involved.

  • Write down relevant information you remember about the accident.

  • Get the names and contact information of any witnesses, as well as the other driver and his or her insurance information.

  • Get checked out by a doctor.

  • Contact a car accidnet lawyer before you have any discussions with any insurance companies.

  • Follow the directions police give you, file a police report if necessary.

  • If you have been subpoenaed, appear in court when required.

  • Make sure your injuries are documented and accurately described in all medical files.

Mistakes that can hurt your personal injury case Failing to take certain actions can hurt your case down the line. If you have health insurance you should see a doctor after an accident so that he or she can document your injuries. If you do not have health insurance, you should discuss your options with an attorney. A St. Louis car accident Lawyer can evaluate your case and advise you regarding what steps to take. Just as there are certain action that can contribute to buidling a successful case, there are other actions that have the potential to harm your case. Generally, you should avoid doing the following:

  • Being dishonest with your attorney

  • Failing to seek medical attention

  • Being dishonest with your doctor

  • Not following your doctor’s medical instructions

  • Not going to medical appointments

St. Louis Car Accident Lawyers If you are involved in a car accident, contact a St. Louis car accident lawyer to get advice on how to handle the situation. Your attorney can advocate for you, let you know what actions you should take, what to avoid, and how to pursue compensation for your injuries. Protecting you claim is very important. If injuries and accident damage are not accurately documented right from the start, getting the compensation you deserve can be very difficult.

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To speak with a St. Louis car accident lawyer, call The Hoffmann Law Firm at (314) 361-4242 and schedule a free consultation.

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