What to Do If You’re Injured in a Car Crash

The day started out like any other. You went to work and put in your usual eight hours. At 5:00pm, you got into your car and headed home, stopping at Straub’s on the way to pick up something for dinner.

Just 10 minutes from home, the day stopped being normal. A driver with her eyes on her phone rear-ended you, sending your car off the road and halfway into a shallow ditch. You weren’t knocked unconscious, but your arm is cut and bleeding and your chest hurts.

Being hurt in a car crash is frightening, but it’s important to stay calm. What you do next can protect or compromise both your well-being and your right to pursue a personal injury claim.

Call the Police

If your injuries do not appear to be life-threatening and you can move, carefully exit the vehicle and call the police. An accident report will be an important resource when dealing with your insurance company and/or that of the other driver. When speaking to the police, avoid blaming anyone else or admitting fault.

Collect Information

Obtain the name, address, phone number, and insurance information for the other driver. If there were any witnesses to the accident, collect their contact details too. Limit all conversation to the information exchange and do not accuse the other driver or admit fault/apologize.

Take Photos

Use your smartphone camera to take as many pictures as you can. Photograph all vehicles involved in the accident as well as the intersection or stretch of road where it occurred. Any additional evidence, such as skid marks or broken glass on the pavement, should be documented as well.

Seek Medical Attention

Always seek medical attention after a car crash, even if you don’t think you were badly hurt. With some serious injuries, symptoms may not appear for hours or even days after the accident. Going to your family doctor or the closest emergency room right away will provide you with potentially life-saving medical treatment and provide evidence of your injuries for a future claim.

Notify Your Insurance Company

Even if the crash was not your fault, notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide your insurer with the contact information and insurance details for all other drivers involved in the accident.

Contact a St. Louis Personal Injury Attorney

An experienced personal injury attorney will help you understand your rights and help you fight for the maximum settlement or award for your claim. If one of the insurance companies disputes the claim, your attorney will advocate for you in mediation or court.

If you have been injured in a Missouri car accident, reach out to us at Ryan R. Cox & Associates. Attorney Cox is a tenacious advocate for his clients and will help you pursue financial compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages that you may be entitled to. To schedule a consultation, contact us or call 636-946-6886.

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Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC

Ryan R. Cox & Associates, LLC is a litigation law firm that represents individuals and families in serious personal injury and wrongful death claims throughout Missouri. We help people who have been injured in all types of accidents—including car or truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall accidents, and much more. Whether your injury is something that can cause long-term issues like a brain injury or spinal cord injury, or it is something you’ll likely make a full recovery from, we are here to help.

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