Second, document as much as you can remember from your accident. While you are still at the scene of the accident, write down as many details and facts as you are able to gather.

Details that will be useful for your case: 

  • what happened just before the accident;
  • the direction the vehicles are facing;
  • contact information of any witnesses;
  • the date and time of the accident; and
  • weather conditions.  

It'll be very helpful to your Missouri personal injury claim and your Missouri personal injury lawyer, if you can take photos. Take pictures of the accident site, damages to your property and your injuries.

Third, do not admit fault about your accident to anyone. It is natural to want to blurt out, "I'm sorry," at the scene of an accident. Don't. Your lawyer will explain to you how this can be used against you as an admission of guilt in a Missouri personal injury claim. Don't talk about the accident on any social networking sites either because admissions of guilt online can also be used against you.

Exercise caution when speaking to the police who respond to your accident. Answer all of their questions, but don't admit fault or begin to give your opinion about what happened - just stick to the facts. Editorializing too much can hurt you later on down the road.

Fourth, do not give a recorded statement to the insurance company. Speak to your Missouri personal injury lawyer first. Insurance adjusters may use statements out of context, or use statements taken while you're still shaken from an accident against you in your claim.

Fifth, hire a Missouri personal injury lawyer who can counsel you. Your lawyer will tell you how to answer your adjuster's questions without accidentally saying something that could be used to minimize or dismiss your Missouri personal injury claim. Your lawyer will also be able to speak to the insurance company on your behalf.

Contacting a Missouri Personal Injury Lawyer

When an injury has a profound impact on your life, you may choose to seek compensation through a Missouri personal injury claim.

With an attorney on your side, you can feel confident knowing your case is in good hands, while you focus on your recovery and getting your life back on track. To get started with determining isf you have a viable case, contact the Missouri personal injury team at Bollwerk & Associates, LLC - 314-315-8111.

Jill S. Bollwerk
Helping St. Louis area residents with personal injury, workers' compensation & insurance appeals/disputes.