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Car accidents can be a distressing and often confusing experience. They can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. When they do happen, they often come with a host of questions and uncertainties. Whether you are a seasoned driver or a newly licensed one, it is essential to understand what to do in these situations.

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you understand the various aspects of a car accident. From immediate steps to long-term considerations, we are here to assist you.

At Monsees & Mayer, your safety, well-being, and peace of mind are our top priorities. Use this page as a starting point to help you through the challenging process following a car accident. Every car accident is unique, so don’t hesitate to contact us about any questions or concerns you may have.

Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions

After the Accident FAQs

What do I do after a car accident?

After a car accident, it is important to follow a series of steps to ensure your safety, protect your legal interests, and potentially file a claim for damages.

  1. Ensure the safety of yourself and others involved.
  2. Contact the police so they can create an official accident report. This can be crucial for insurance claims and legal matters.
  3. Exchange contact information with all drivers involved. Also exchange contact information with any witnesses to the accident.
  4. If you are unharmed and it is safe to do so, take photographs of the scene and vehicles involved.
  5. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible and provide them with necessary information about the accident.
  6. Seek medical attention even if you don’t believe you are seriously injured. Some injuries may not immediately appear. Having a medical record can be vital for insurance claims and legal actions.
  7. Contact an attorney to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

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What information should I gather at the scene of the accident for my case?

Securing your safety and health is the number one priority at the scene of an accident. If you are unharmed, gathering the right information at the scene of the car accident can be crucial for building a strong case. Here is a checklist of information to consider collecting:

  1. Contact information – Collect for all drivers involved, as well as their insurance company information. It is also beneficial to get witnesses’ names and contact information if possible.
  2. Vehicle Information – The make, model, year, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.
  3. Accident Details – The date, time, location of the accident. Weather conditions at that time. A description of how the accident occurred. As well as traffic and road conditions, such as traffic signals or road hazards that may have played a role in the accident.
  4. Photos and Videos – Take photos and videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any other contributing factors, such as skid marks.

Any related information you can gather will be invaluable for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings related to the accident.

Do I need to take photos of the accident scene, damage, or injuries?

Photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and injuries can be a valuable piece of evidence for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Accident scene photos can capture contributing factors such as weather, road conditions, traffic signals, and road signs. These photos may prove liability or fault. Photos of your vehicles, and any other vehicles involved, can help a court understand the extent of the damage. It can serve as visual evidence. Although injury photos may be difficult to capture, they can be essential. Documenting the severity of the injury can be used to support claims for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Your safety and well-being are the top priority and should not be neglected for the sake of taking photos. If the scene of the accident is dangerous, skip this step. Focus on ensuring your safety and the safety of others.

TIPS TO TAKE GOOD PICTURES AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT

Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company, and do I have to?

Generally, no. You are under no obligation to provide a recorded statement to an insurance company, regardless of whether it is your own insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

It is important to understand that insurance adjusters are tasked with the responsibility of not only evaluating, or adjusting, the claim, but also trying to pay the least amount of money possible to the injured party. As you’ve probably heard in the movies, anything you say can, and likely will, be used against you to decrease the value your claim for just compensation.

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Compensation and Cost FAQs

How long does it take to get a settlement from a car accident lawsuit?

There is no fixed timeline for a car accident lawsuit. The duration of the process can be influenced based on several factors. These factors include the complexity of the case, as well as the willingness of the insurance company to negotiate. There are also factors of the legal process that may delay the time. Such as liability disputes, negotiations, and the possibility of trial.

Some cases may get resolved rather quickly, while others can take a year or more to reach resolution. A car accident attorney can assess your case and give a more accurate estimate of the timeline for your case. An attorney can also help work towards a fair settlement in a timely manner, by helping navigate the legal process.

What types of compensation can I seek in a car accident case?

The types of compensation you can seek in a car accident case may vary depending on certain factors. The extent of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the laws in your jurisdiction all affect compensation. Some common types of compensation you can pursue in a car accident case include:

  1. Medical Expenses: Compensation for hospital bills, surgery, doctor’s visits, and future medical expenses if your injuries require ongoing treatment.
  2. Property Damage: For the repair or replacement of your vehicle and any personal property damaged in the accident.
  3. Lost Wages: You can seek compensation for past and future lost wages, if your injuries prevent you from working, resulting in a lost income.
  4. Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident. Including mental anguish, trauma, and diminished quality of life

A personal injury attorney can help you assess your case and determine which types of compensation are applicable.

General Car Accident FAQs

Should I get a lawyer for a car accident?

It is often a good idea to consult with a lawyer even if you are unsure whether you need one. Many personal injury lawyers offer free case consultations to discuss your case and determine whether you need legal representation. Some factors a lawyer might consider include the extent of injuries and damages, if there is a question of liability, or if an uninsured driver was involved. If a lawyer does not believe your case requires legal representation, they will let you know.

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What does a car accident lawyer do?

A car accident lawyer may also be known as a personal injury attorney. Their primary role is to advocate for the rights of their client in the aftermath of a car accident. Car accident lawyers play a critical role in helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. Typically, this looks like:

  1. Providing legal advice to their clients
  2. Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident
  3. Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies
  4. Documenting their clients’ damages
  5. Advocating for their clients’ rights and interests during the legal process

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS

How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?

The time limit for filing a car accident lawsuit is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies from state to state. Failure to file a claim in the prescribed time frame can result in the loss of the right to pursue legal action.

Statute of Limitations for Missouri

The statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Missouri is generally five years. Therefore, you have five years from the date of the car accident to seek compensation for injuries and damage.

Statute of Limitations for Kansas

The statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Kansas is two years. Since you only have two years from the date of the accident, it is crucial to contact an attorney.

I've been hurt in an accident, and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What is the first thing I should do?

There are many things you can do in the first few weeks after an accident to protect your right to compensation. Firstly, write down as much as you can about the accident itself. Include your injuries and any other losses, such as wages, you’ve suffered because of the accident. Secondly, make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim.  Also, preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs. Thirdly, locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case. Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident of your intention to file a claim for your injuries. Especially if a government agency or employee may be involved. Lastly, contact a personal injury attorney to evaluate and pursue your claim.

What if the other driver does not have insurance?

If you are involved in a car accident with a driver who is uninsured, you still have options for seeking compensation. Many insurance policies include coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists. If you have this coverage, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. You can also sue the uninsured driver. However, collecting judgment may be challenging if the at-fault driver lacks the means to pay. Dealing with an uninsured driver can be complicated, so it is beneficial to consult with an attorney who can help you navigate the legal process. They can review your insurance policy, assess your case, and determine the best course of action.

LEARN MORE ABOUT UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED DRIVERS

What can I do if I was involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or semi-truck?

When involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, there are several things you can do to protect your rights and seek compensation for any injuries or damage you may have suffered.

  1. Report the accident to the police. When dealing with insurance claims and legal actions, an accident report can be crucial.
  2. Exchange contact and insurance information of the commercial vehicle driver. If there are multiple involved, get their information as well.
  3. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Even if you believe the commercial vehicle driver is at fault.
  4. Consult with an attorney. A car accident attorney can help you navigate the rest of the legal process and assess your case.

Commercial vehicle or semi-truck accidents potentially involve the liability of both the driver and their employer. Therefore, commercial vehicle accidents can be more complex than a typical car accident. Seeking legal guidance early in the process can help you protect your rights and pursue fair compensation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Car Accident Attorney

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our dedicated team of car accident lawyers is here to assist you. From understanding your rights to securing fair compensation, we strive to provide expert guidance and support throughout the legal process.

Car Accident Practice Areas

Car Accident Resources

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Car accidents can be a distressing and often confusing experience. They can happen to anyone, anytime, and anywhere. When they do happen, they often come with a host of questions and uncertainties. Whether you are a seasoned driver or a newly licensed one, it is essential to understand what to do in these situations.

We have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions to help you understand the various aspects of a car accident. From immediate steps to long-term considerations, we are here to assist you.

At Monsees & Mayer, your safety, well-being, and peace of mind are our top priorities. Use this page as a starting point to help you through the challenging process following a car accident. Every car accident is unique, so don’t hesitate to contact us about any questions or concerns you may have.

Car Accident Attorney

Navigating the aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to do it alone. Our dedicated team of car accident lawyers is here to assist you. From understanding your rights to securing fair compensation, we strive to provide expert guidance and support throughout the legal process.

Car Accident Practice Areas

Car Accident Frequently Asked Questions

After the Accident FAQs

What do I do after a car accident?

After a car accident, it is important to follow a series of steps to ensure your safety, protect your legal interests, and potentially file a claim for damages.

  1. Ensure the safety of yourself and others involved.
  2. Contact the police so they can create an official accident report. This can be crucial for insurance claims and legal matters.
  3. Exchange contact information with all drivers involved. Also exchange contact information with any witnesses to the accident.
  4. If you are unharmed and it is safe to do so, take photographs of the scene and vehicles involved.
  5. Notify your insurance company as soon as possible and provide them with necessary information about the accident.
  6. Seek medical attention even if you don’t believe you are seriously injured. Some injuries may not immediately appear. Having a medical record can be vital for insurance claims and legal actions.
  7. Contact an attorney to help you navigate the legal process and protect your rights.

LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT

What information should I gather at the scene of the accident for my case?

Securing your safety and health is the number one priority at the scene of an accident. If you are unharmed, gathering the right information at the scene of the car accident can be crucial for building a strong case. Here is a checklist of information to consider collecting:

  1. Contact information – Collect for all drivers involved, as well as their insurance company information. It is also beneficial to get witnesses’ names and contact information if possible.
  2. Vehicle Information – The make, model, year, and license plate numbers of all vehicles involved.
  3. Accident Details – The date, time, location of the accident. Weather conditions at that time. A description of how the accident occurred. As well as traffic and road conditions, such as traffic signals or road hazards that may have played a role in the accident.
  4. Photos and Videos – Take photos and videos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and any other contributing factors, such as skid marks.

Any related information you can gather will be invaluable for insurance claims and potential legal proceedings related to the accident.

Do I need to take photos of the accident scene, damage, or injuries?

Photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and injuries can be a valuable piece of evidence for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Accident scene photos can capture contributing factors such as weather, road conditions, traffic signals, and road signs. These photos may prove liability or fault. Photos of your vehicles, and any other vehicles involved, can help a court understand the extent of the damage. It can serve as visual evidence. Although injury photos may be difficult to capture, they can be essential. Documenting the severity of the injury can be used to support claims for medical expenses and pain and suffering.

Your safety and well-being are the top priority and should not be neglected for the sake of taking photos. If the scene of the accident is dangerous, skip this step. Focus on ensuring your safety and the safety of others.

TIPS TO TAKE GOOD PICTURES AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT

Should I give a recorded statement to the insurance company, and do I have to?

Generally, no. You are under no obligation to provide a recorded statement to an insurance company, regardless of whether it is your own insurance company or the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

It is important to understand that insurance adjusters are tasked with the responsibility of not only evaluating, or adjusting, the claim, but also trying to pay the least amount of money possible to the injured party. As you’ve probably heard in the movies, anything you say can, and likely will, be used against you to decrease the value your claim for just compensation.

Compensation and Cost FAQs

How long does it take to get a settlement from a car accident lawsuit?

There is no fixed timeline for a car accident lawsuit. The duration of the process can be influenced based on several factors. These factors include the complexity of the case, as well as the willingness of the insurance company to negotiate. There are also factors of the legal process that may delay the time. Such as liability disputes, negotiations, and the possibility of trial.

Some cases may get resolved rather quickly, while others can take a year or more to reach resolution. A car accident attorney can assess your case and give a more accurate estimate of the timeline for your case. An attorney can also help work towards a fair settlement in a timely manner, by helping navigate the legal process.

What types of compensation can I seek in a car accident case?

The types of compensation you can seek in a car accident case may vary depending on certain factors. The extent of your injuries, the circumstances of the accident, and the laws in your jurisdiction all affect compensation. Some common types of compensation you can pursue in a car accident case include:

  1. Medical Expenses: Compensation for hospital bills, surgery, doctor’s visits, and future medical expenses if your injuries require ongoing treatment.
  2. Property Damage: For the repair or replacement of your vehicle and any personal property damaged in the accident.
  3. Lost Wages: You can seek compensation for past and future lost wages, if your injuries prevent you from working, resulting in a lost income.
  4. Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the physical and emotional pain and suffering caused by the accident. Including mental anguish, trauma, and diminished quality of life

A personal injury attorney can help you assess your case and determine which types of compensation are applicable.

General Car Accident FAQs

Should I get a lawyer for a car accident?

It is often a good idea to consult with a lawyer even if you are unsure whether you need one. Many personal injury lawyers offer free case consultations to discuss your case and determine whether you need legal representation. Some factors a lawyer might consider include the extent of injuries and damages, if there is a question of liability, or if an uninsured driver was involved. If a lawyer does not believe your case requires legal representation, they will let you know.

LEARN MORE ABOUT HOW A LAWYER CAN HELP

What does a car accident lawyer do?

A car accident lawyer may also be known as a personal injury attorney. Their primary role is to advocate for the rights of their client in the aftermath of a car accident. Car accident lawyers play a critical role in helping accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. Typically, this looks like:

  1. Providing legal advice to their clients
  2. Conducting a thorough investigation of the accident
  3. Communicating and negotiating with insurance companies
  4. Documenting their clients’ damages
  5. Advocating for their clients’ rights and interests during the legal process

LEARN MORE ABOUT CAR ACCIDENT LAWYERS

How long do I have to file a car accident lawsuit?

The time limit for filing a car accident lawsuit is known as the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations varies from state to state. Failure to file a claim in the prescribed time frame can result in the loss of the right to pursue legal action.

Statute of Limitations for Missouri

The statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Missouri is generally five years. Therefore, you have five years from the date of the car accident to seek compensation for injuries and damage.

Statute of Limitations for Kansas

The statute of limitations for filing a car accident claim in Kansas is two years. Since you only have two years from the date of the accident, it is crucial to contact an attorney.

I've been hurt in an accident, and I want to file a claim for my injuries. What is the first thing I should do?

There are many things you can do in the first few weeks after an accident to protect your right to compensation. Firstly, write down as much as you can about the accident itself. Include your injuries and any other losses, such as wages, you’ve suffered because of the accident. Secondly, make notes of conversations that you have with people involved in the accident or the injury claim.  Also, preserve evidence of who caused the accident and what damage was done by collecting physical evidence and taking photographs. Thirdly, locate people who witnessed the accident and who might be able to help you prove your case. Notify anyone you think might be responsible for the accident of your intention to file a claim for your injuries. Especially if a government agency or employee may be involved. Lastly, contact a personal injury attorney to evaluate and pursue your claim.

What if the other driver does not have insurance?

If you are involved in a car accident with a driver who is uninsured, you still have options for seeking compensation. Many insurance policies include coverage for uninsured/underinsured motorists. If you have this coverage, you can file a claim with your own insurance company. You can also sue the uninsured driver. However, collecting judgment may be challenging if the at-fault driver lacks the means to pay. Dealing with an uninsured driver can be complicated, so it is beneficial to consult with an attorney who can help you navigate the legal process. They can review your insurance policy, assess your case, and determine the best course of action.

LEARN MORE ABOUT UNINSURED AND UNDERINSURED DRIVERS

What can I do if I was involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or semi-truck?

When involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle or semi-truck, there are several things you can do to protect your rights and seek compensation for any injuries or damage you may have suffered.

  1. Report the accident to the police. When dealing with insurance claims and legal actions, an accident report can be crucial.
  2. Exchange contact and insurance information of the commercial vehicle driver. If there are multiple involved, get their information as well.
  3. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible. Even if you believe the commercial vehicle driver is at fault.
  4. Consult with an attorney. A car accident attorney can help you navigate the rest of the legal process and assess your case.

Commercial vehicle or semi-truck accidents potentially involve the liability of both the driver and their employer. Therefore, commercial vehicle accidents can be more complex than a typical car accident. Seeking legal guidance early in the process can help you protect your rights and pursue fair compensation.

LEARN MORE ABOUT TRUCK ACCIDENTS

Car Accident Resources

Here are some resources that can be helpful for your justice and healing journey:

Navigating the New Distracted Driving Law

Don’t Panic: Here’s What to Do After A Car Accident

Tips to Take Good Pictures After an Auto Accident

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