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St. Louis Auto Accident Lawyer Discusses 4 Things Your Should Avoid After an Accident

By Christopher Hoffmann  Jan. 25, 2018 2:49p

Getting into a car accident can be a terrifying and stressful experience, but most people end up in at least one car accident, even if it’s just a fender bender. Being aware of the appropriate steps to take after an accident could save you time, money, and frustration.

Just as important, is knowing what not to do. Making one of these common mistakes after an accident could end up costing you thousands of dollars or even land you in prison.

Leaving the Scene


In the panic that comes after a car accident, the first instinct is often to flee, however this could get you into deep trouble, legally speaking. In most states, leaving the scene of an accident, also known as a hit-and-run accident, is at least a misdemeanor offense, if not a felony. In the state of Missouri, for example, a hit-and-run is generally a misdemeanor unless the accident resulted in physical injury or more than $1000 in damages. If you have a previous hit-and-run conviction you could also be facing felony charges.

Apologizing


It may be your first instinct to apologize after an accident, even if it wasn’t your fault, but an apology could be construed as an admission of guilt. If you apologized after your accident, you better call a car accident attorney, because your apology could be seen as an admission of liability if the matter goes to court. Be sure to mention to your lawyer if the other drive apologize to you.

Not Speaking With an Attorney


It takes years in school and countless years in practice to understand the laws, regulations, and bureaucratic system surrounding auto accidents. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t have time to be coordinating with the insurance company, filling out paperwork, and putting together a legal defense. Not to mention how many different damages, like compensation for lost wages, may be available to you that you may not even know about. To get the full amount of compensation you truly deserve and to avoid being shortchanged by your insurance company, it's a good idea to speak with an experienced car accident lawyer.

If you’ve just been in a car accident, don’t panic. By following these tips and getting in contact with a trusted St. Louis car accident attorney, settling your claims and recovering your vehicle should be much easier process. Check with friends and do research to make sure you find a respected legal representative.

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