Do I Have to Report a Car Crash in Missouri?

A wide angle shot of traffic moving in a blur against the sunset Notifying your insurance company of a car accident is always a good idea. Your insurer will want to know the details of what happened if you end up filing an accident claim. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible after the crash.

If involved in an accident, you should also call the police while you are at the scene. They will determine whether to send officers. You are required by law to immediately report to the police any accident that causes more than $500 in property damages, injures someone, kills someone or damages other property or vehicles. If police respond to the scene, ask the officer how you can get a copy of the accident report.

Some motorists involved in minor crashes believe there is no reason to tell their insurer about it. This is not so. Physical injuries and damage to your car may become apparent in the days and weeks following the accident, even if they weren’t apparent at the time of the crash. In those situations, your case will be helped immensely by your previous report.

If you decide to pursue an accident claim to maximize your injury compensation, our attorneys can help. Call us in the days following the crash so we can help you decide what to do next. You must seek medical care for your injuries first – your health is the priority. Once you’ve reported the accident to your insurance company, give us a call to find out if you have any other options for maximizing potential injury compensation.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car crash in Missouri, please call our experienced Columbia accident lawyers at 573-499-1700. After discussing the details of the accident with you, we can explain your options for pursuing compensation. Your no-obligation consultation is complimentary. Our law firm has more than 20 years of experience handling claims like these, and we pride ourselves on client-centered communication and tenacity. We will not stop until we have obtained the best possible outcome for you and your family.

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