Car Accident FAQs
Kansas City Car Accident Lawyers
When you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, you likely have many questions. Who is responsible for the accident? How can I afford my medical bills? Should I take the estimate offered by the insurance company? During this stressful time, do not worry! The Kansas City car accident attorneys at DiPasquale Moore are here to help.
We have answered some of the most common questions that we are asked following an accident below, and encourage you to call our office for a free consultation if you are seeking to learn more.
What should I do after a car accident?
Following a car accident, the most important thing you can do is to remain at the scene of the accident and get the immediate medical attention you need. Once you are alright, there are some steps that should be taken to help you hold the accountable driver responsible:
- Wait at the scene for police to show up and write a police report
- Get the contact information of any witnesses present
- Take photos of the accident, the surrounding areas, signs, and more
- Get the insurance information from the other driver
- Never admit fault for the accident, even saying sorry can be a liability
The aftermath of a car accident can be fast-paced, and you may be running on adrenaline. Take a second to calm down and follow the necessary steps to take action against the responsible driver.
When taking pictures, make sure that the photos are clear -- blurry or pixelated photos are not good evidence. Take as many photos as you can to make sure you all angles are covered: include pictures that show the position of all vehicles at the accident scene, where the accident took place, and photos that convey a timeline of events. For more tips on how to get the best photos after an accident, visit our blog post: How to Take Good Pictures After a Car Accident.
Who is at fault in a car accident?
Determining fault usually means just showing which driver was the most careless. There are rules in place for drivers on the roadways, and it is absolutely crucial that drivers abide by these rules for the safety of others. If a violation of these rules caused the accident, the driver that is at fault for the car accident is the one that violated this rule. If the violation is more subtle, the legal concept of negligence will apply, which means that the driver that acted carelessly during the accident can be considered at fault. To prove fault, it must be shown that:
- The driver is required to be careful in this situation;
- The driver failed to be reasonable careful; and
- Their carelessness resulted in harm to another.
Who is at fault if my car was rear-ended by another vehicle?
As a general rule of thumb, the driver of the car that crashed into the back of the other is considered to be at fault for the rear-end accident. This assumes that a driver unable to stop in the time was not driving as safely as they are expected to. However, depending on the details of the accident, liability may be proven in different ways. Speaking with a Kansas City personal injury lawyer at DiPasquale Moore is the best way to determine fault in an accident.
What should I do if the car accident was partially my fault?
While our car accident lawyers will fight to show that you are not to blame to what happened, there may be some instances where it can be shown that you contributed to the car accident in some way. This does not mean that you are to be considered liable or that you do not deserve a monetary award for your injuries! Fault, or liability, works by showing who was more at fault and deciding compensation from there. For example, if we can show that an accident that caused a personal injury was only 10% your fault, the other driver will be responsible for paying 90% of the total cost of medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and more. It is still worth fighting for!
My insurance company offered me a settlement. Should I take it?
You have an important responsibility to work with your insurance company after an accident. Promptly report the accident and provide the necessary information to your insurance company. When you speak with your insurance, do not admit any liability for the car accident and simply speak about the things that occurred as facts. Never speak with the other driver’s insurance company.
What happens if the other driver doesn’t have insurance?
While having insurance is mandated under the law, thousands of drivers in Missouri, unfortunately, do not have car insurance. There is a high chance that an accident can occur with an uninsured or underinsured motorist. This does not mean that you are unable to collect damages for personal injury! If you have uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage, you may be able to recover compensation from your own insurance company for the accident. If you do not have this coverage, you may be able to sue the driver of the car. We have more information about uninsured motorists at our Uninsured Motorist Accident page.
Should I see a doctor following a car accident?
Yes! Many people that are injured in a car accident may not recognize their symptoms until later due to the shock and excitement of the accident. Even worse, you may be suffering from internal injuries that you are not even aware of. Going to the doctor and getting thoroughly checked out can help identify any problems that have arisen from the accident. This also allows our Kansas City car accident lawyers to bring a solid case against the other driver if you choose to recover compensation.
What happens if I was the passenger during a car accident?
If you were the passenger in a car that was involved in an accident, you can file a claim accident against the insurance of the at-fault driver. If the accident was caused by the driver of your car, you can seek compensation with their insurance company. If the other driver was to blame, you can recover damages from the other driver’s insurance company. Keep in mind that the number of people filing claims for the accident may limit the total amount that you are able to recover.
When should I hire a lawyer after a car accident?
Speak with our firm as soon as possible after an accident. Acting quickly can help to preserve evidence, speak with witnesses whose memories are fresh, and ensure you are receiving the medical care you need. Waiting to hire a car accident attorney can be detrimental, since you can be taken advantage of by your insurance company, lose important evidence, or experience other injuries in the meantime.
What can I recover from my car accident case?
Like any personal injury case, car accident injuries are intended to cover a wide range of losses that you may have incurred. Typically, a personal injury case will cover medical expenses, lost wages, future damages, pain and suffering, emotional damages, and more. A skilled car accident attorney will fight to recover the maximum amount of monetary damages possible. You never know how a car accident injury can affect you in the future, and DiPasquale Moore wants to ensure that you are adequately covered.
How much does retaining a personal injury lawyer from DiPasquale Moore cost?
Our main priority is holding negligent drivers responsible when their actions result in harm. Our car accident attorneys offer free consultations to speak about the details of your case, and then work on a contingency-fee basis. This means that unless we win your case and recover compensation for you, you do not have to pay us. Our firm will absorb the expenses from cases that are not won. Give us a call to find out how you can work with our team after a car accident!
When you have been in a car accident, you are not alone. You deserve to recover necessary damages for your injuries and property damages, and we are prepared to stand by your side.
Get in contact with our legal team to discuss your case in a complimentary consultation and learn how you can get started today!