Monday, November 19, 2018

What to do if You're Involved in a Vehicle Accident

The holiday season is upon us and this is a popular time of year for travel. Whether you're taking a family road trip while the kids are off school or you're planning to visit family for the holidays, the roadways are busy this time of year. While vehicle accidents happen throughout the entire year, there are a number of vehicles traveling during the holidays, which increases your chance of being involved in a vehicle accident.

If you find yourself involved in an accident and are unfortunately injured or injure someone else, it's important to know your rights. As your personal injury attorney at the Lake of the Ozarks, we can help represent your case - whether you are at fault or you've been injured due to someone else's' negligence. Our Lake of the Ozarks attorney is here for all of your personal injury needs. Whether it's working through the details of the accident to know if you have a case on your hands to walking you through the entire legal process, Gibbons Law Firm is here for you. Take a look below for a step-by-step guide of what to do if you are involved in an accident.

Clear the Roadway

If you are able, it's best to move vehicles off the roadway. This can help prevent more vehicles getting involved in the incident. If you are unable to move the vehicles, try to make the scene as visible as possible. Flashers, a flare, and/or cones are a great way to grab the attention of other drivers to help ensure they can see you. Once emergency responders arrive, they can help direct traffic around the scene, as well.

Evaluate the Situation

As soon as possible, make sure everyone in your vehicle is ok. Next check on occupants in the other vehicles. If anyone is injured, call 911 right away. The faster medical help arrives, the better.

Notify Authorities

It's a good idea to call the police if you are involved in an accident. You may need to file a police report to help with your insurance claim and to help present your case in court if personal injuries occur.

Gather Driver Information

You should obtain the name, address, and phone number of everyone involved in the accident. Insurance information should also be gathered. If the police are involved, they may gather this same information, as well. Witness information can be gathered as well. This can help prove what happened if that information is needed.

Document, Document, Document

If you are able, take pictures of the accident and any damage. Try to photograph any physical injuries, as well. Don't interfere with existing police investigations while capturing this evidence. If you are unable to capture images at the scene of the accident, get photo evidence as soon as possible afterward. This picture-proof can help to represent your case and assist with insurance claims.

Seek Medical Aid

If medical help is needed after the incident, seek it as soon as possible. Keep any medical documents and/or bills that help with your treatment. This is all evidence that may be required if your case goes to court. Your financial obligations may be covered if someone else is proven to be at fault for the accident. It's best to keep good records of medical treatments required.

Now that you have a refresher of what you should do if you're involved in a vehicle accident this holiday season, you're ready to take action if needed. If you or someone else is injured due to a vehicle accident, contact our Lake of the Ozarks personal injury attorney right away. We can listen to your side of the story and help offer legal advice on how to handle your case if you have one. Our law firm at the Lake of the Ozarks wishes you and your family a safe holiday season and don't forget to use caution on the roadways on your next road trip.

Remember, your initial consultation with Gibbons Law Firm is always free.

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Gibbons Law Firm
2820 Bagnell Dam Blvd, Suite B4
Lake Ozark, MO 65049
(573) 348-2211

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