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What to do in case of a Motor Vehicle Collision Event

Motor Vehicle Collision Events are truamatic.   They can have lifelong impact on you physically, mentally, and emotionally.  Knowing what your rights are and how to protect them are critical to you receiving the compensation you deserve due to someone else's negligence.  Please take a moment and review what to do if you find yourself involved in a MVCE. 

Stop At The Scene

You cannot drive away from a collision. You must stay until you have given your name and address to a police officer or the other driver.

Get Help For The Injured

Call 911 or "0" on a telephone or ask someone to call for you. Do not try to move an injured person.

Give Warnings

Ask another person to volunteer to wave to other cars to warn them of the collision. Use lights or a flashlight at night to warn other cars.

Tell A Police Officer

Tell a police officer, a county sheriff or the Missouri Highway Patrol that you had a collision. The police report can help you later if you forget facts.

Give them your name and address and show them your driver's license and your insurance card. This is all you must do to obey Missouri law.

You do not need to tell any person, other than a police officer, how you think the collision happened. You may learn later that you did not do anything wrong. You should not sign any papers at the scene except the agreement to appear in court if asked by an officer.

Get Witnesses' Names, Addresses, Phone Numbers, email addresses, etc.  ALSO, it is a good idea to keep a disposable camera in your car to capture photographs of the damaged vehicles.  Alternatively, take several photos of the damage with a cell phone equipped with a digital camera for later use if necessary. 

Ask all witnesses to write down their names, addresses, telephone numbers, or email addresses.  

Write answers to questions on a blank page in this booklet. Draw a picture of the accident scene, also. 

Get Insurance Information

Be sure to have your insurance card ready.  Write down the information found on the insurance card of the other driver, and allow him or her to write down the information found on your card.

Towing

If you cannot drive your car, you must have it moved from the scene. If the police officer calls a tow truck, you should ask how much it will cost, tell the tow driver where to take your car, and ask for his name, address and telephone number if you do not go with him.

CONTACT ME AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS THE SITUATION SURROUNDING THE EVENT.  DUE NOT DISCUSS THE EVENT WITH ANYONE ELSE EXCEPT LAW ENFORCEMENT!

GO TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM (OR AT THE VERY LEAST) MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE YOUR DOCTOR

You may not know if you are hurt due to the emotional toll of a motor vehicle collission event. 

Missouri Accident Reports

It is Missouri law that you must file a written report with the Department of Revenue if these things happen:

  • Either car has $500 damage or a person was injured;
  • The accident was on a public street or highway; or
  • A driver does not have insurance.

You can get forms from a police department.

Pay Nothing.

 http://www.feebacklaw.com/home/your_rights_in_traffic_court_

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