AUTO ACCIDENTS ATTORNEY IN KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI
Auto accidents can be life-changing, especially if you've been injured in one. When it comes to the many things that can go wrong on the road due to a driver's negligence, take solace in the fact that the Law Offices of John R. Campbell Jr. have you covered.
WHAT DOES NEGLIGENCE ON THE ROAD LOOK LIKE?
If you're wondering whether or not you have a strong case on your hands, you should be aware that the answer hinges on the presence of the other driver’s negligence. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, “negligence” is simply another word for careless behavior. Here are some examples of negligence on the road:
Driving while intoxicated
Driving while using a cell phone or otherwise preoccupied
Generally driving carelessly or recklessly
Additionally, the following are signs of negligent drivers:
Damaged vehicles. If someone has caused an accident in the past, they will have had a difficult time repairing their vehicle and often do not bother. If you see a significantly damaged vehicle, you can assume a history of negligence on the driver's part.
Crowded cars. If you see a car jam-packed with passengers, chances of a distracted driver are high. It’s best to be wary.
HOW TO COMBAT NEGLIGENCE ON THE ROAD
If you've been injured in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, unfortunately you can't go back and magically undo what happened. However, you do have the opportunity to do your part in helping others by finding a skilled attorney to hold drivers responsible for general safety on the road. After all, traffic laws are there to maintain this standard of safety in the first place.
WHAT TO DO AFTER AN AUTO ACCIDENT IN KANSAS OR MISSOURI
If you've been in an auto accident in Kansas or Missouri, here's what you need to do:
Stop. This is where you need to halt and ask yourself whether or not the accident was serious. Did anyone get unnecessarily hurt?
"Steer it and clear it," according to MoDOT (Missouri Department of Transportation). Move your car out of the way, if you can. Kansas law states that you need to stop, "without obstructing traffic more than is necessary."
Assess the situation. Talk to everyone involved. Get their names, addresses, driver's license numbers, vehicle identification numbers, license place numbers, insurance company information, and policy numbers.
Immediately notify the police. According to Missouri law, you need to give "immediate notice" to the police.
File the necessary reports. If any of the drivers are uninsured, you need to report them, and you must also contact the Department of Revenue to file a motor vehicle accident report if the damage totals more than $500.
Contact your legal team before talking to your insurance company. If you've been injured due to negligence, that's where we come in. We'll coach you through what to expect from the insurance company and take steps to prevent their lowballing you on your case.
Don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We are here to help you get past this so you can shift your focus back to the other things in your life that should take precedence.
KANSAS CITY’S DEDICATED AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY
When you’re driving or even walking as a pedestrian on the road, you may possibly assume that other people behind the wheel take the necessary safety precautions. However, it’s best to be on the lookout for signs of negligence. If you’ve already been injured, you need the top-notch legal representation of John R. Campbell. See us today for a free consultation.