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What to do after a car accident?

car accident.jpgAfter a car accident, most people are dazed, confused, and in shock and do not know what to do. 

Here are a few brief tips.

The first thing you should do is check and see if anyone needs immediate medical care. Call the police and an ambulance.

Secondly, insist that the responding officer make an official police report, sometimes stories about how an auto accident occured suddenly change after speaking with insurance adjusters.  Personal injury attorneys and insurance adjusters put the most weight on statements made at the scene. 

Before leaving the scence, take photos of the accident scene and vehicles.  Since nearly everyone has a movie studio on their cell phone, take some video of the scene.  Be sure you include statements from witnesses.

if you were injured in the accident, seek immediate medical care.  If you wait to see if he pain goes away on its own, the insurance company penalizes you.  

After making sure that injury victims have been treated and the police officer has made a report, you should report the accident to your insurance company.  Before you give a statement to any inurance company about the accident, you should consult with an attorney who specializes in representing injury victims.  See our firm's case results.

You should look for a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who has an office in St. Louis and knows Missouri law.  Make sure that the attorney has an excellent reputation for litigating cases in Missouri.  A law firm's website is typically a good resource for researching how many jury trials the lawyer has tried and what types of cases the lawyer handles.   Attorneys who litigate personal injury cases get higher settlements from insurance adjusters.

When calling an injury law firm, be careful about the handoff to an attorney less experienced than the one on the billboard or tv commercial.  When you speak to an attorney, try to determine if they really care about what happened to you or if they are just a call center rounding up claims. 

The choice of an injury attorney is a very important decision and can have life altering consequences if you do not choose wisely.  Personal Injury Attorney William Holland has tried 43 jury trials, conducted hundreds of mediations and has collected over $100 million dollars for his clients, which very few Missouri attorneys under the age of 60 can claim.  Call our law office today at 314-888-7888 with any questions you may have regarding your car accident.

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