Auto accidents happen every day in Columbia MO. Dealing with a Missouri auto accident includes two time frames: what to do immediately following the accident; and, what needs to be done later on.
If you are looking for a Columbia MO traffic accident lawyer, please contact our office right away at (573) 499-1700. We'd appreciate the opportunity to manage your legal concerns regarding an auto accident.
Immediately following the accident:
Check for injuries. Many times, people in car accidents get a rush of adrenaline that masks the pain normally felt with injury. Relax and check yourself and your passengers for injuries. If you discover any, or you are not sure, calling an ambulance is the next step.
If the accident is a minor one and there are no injuries, turn on your hazard lights and try to move the car to the nearest safe place. Many accidents cause follow-up accidents when drivers choose to remain in fast moving traffic, putting them and others in harm's way. If the car won't move, place any orange cones or flares you may have, so that other drivers are alerted to your presence.
Call the police to get help with the accident. The Columbia, MO Police deal with auto accidents all the time, they will be able to call for additional help and keep you safe. Wait for the police to arrive.
Stick with the facts instead of drawing conclusions. Fault is determined AFTER all of the facts are gathered and investigated. If the police ask you questions, just answer them with the facts. Limit your conversation with anyone but the police and your insurance company.
Take pictures and notes of the cars, damage and people involved. If the name on the auto registration is different from the name of the other driver, ask about the relationship. Are they friends with the owner? Are they using a work vehicle?
Once you return home, the question of whether you need an auto accident attorney is best answered by speaking with one. At Holder Susan Slusher, LLC, we take the time to hear about your situation to help determine your best course of action.
At our law firm, the managing partners are the active attorneys that will work on your case. With auto injuries, it's important to produce the right documentation and to get the right tests to be able to present a strong case.
Whatever your legal challenge, we will listen to your concerns and answer your questions about likely outcomes and consequences. We deal with traffic accidents in Columbia, MO. Contact Holder Susan Slusher, LLCtoday for a free consultation or case review. Michael Holder manages our personal injury area of the practice. While we are based in Columbia, MO across the street from the Boone County Court House, we help clients in several parts of Missouri.
The information on this web page does not provide legal advice and does not create an attorney- client relationship. If you believe you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.