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Car accident lawyer in Missouri and Illinois. Attorney Amanda Hayden knows that even if you follow every rule of the road, your life can still be turned upside down by someone else’s reckless driving. Contact a car accident lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm or call (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk case evaluation. We take cases on a contingency-basis which means there is no upfront cost, and you won’t owe us anything until we win for you. We handle auto accidents of all kinds, including:

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Steps to Take After a Car Accident

If you were in an accident of any kind that was not your fault, you must remain vigilant during AND after the event. At The Hayden Law Firm, our car accident lawyer wants to help you avoid the missteps that often jeopardize claims. Here are steps to take to ensure your rights are protected at every step of the process:

Step 1: Call first responders and police

Your health is the #1 priority no matter what. After getting to a safe location, call an ambulance if there are injuries and then call the police in order to file a report. This report can be vital to your claim, which is why you should remain at the scene for as long as necessary to answer all questions. Be sure to get a copy of this report following the accident, or enlist a car accident lawyer who can do this for you!

Step 2: Exchange information with the at-fault driver

When exchanging information, it’s important to try to be as courteous as possible in order to avoid getting off on the wrong foot, however, never admit fault when speaking with them. Keep the conversation brief and shortened to both of you giving each other:

  • Full names
  • Contact information
  • Insurance information (company and policy number)
  • License plate numbers
  • Driver’s license numbers
  • Make, model, and year of the cars involved

Step 3: Take as many pictures as possible

Use your cell phone to take pictures from multiple different angles. These can be used to bolster your case, although, some pictures of injuries may not fully demonstrate the extent of the harm. Regardless, snap as many pictures as you can of:

  • Your injuries
  • Your passengers’ injuries
  • Your damaged vehicle
  • The at-fault driver’s vehicle
  • Roadway damage such as skid marks, debris, etc.

Step 4: Take notes / talk to witnesses

If you are still at the scene, then try to search for witnesses to the event. This could be crucial to your claim if you need someone to give a third-person account of the events down the line. Try not to let them leave without getting their full name and contact information (phone number and/or email). Take other notes of the scene, including:

  • How the events of the accident took place
  • Your location
  • Time of the accident
  • Weather conditions
  • Police officer(s) names/contact info

Step 5: Contact insurance

Do this as soon as possible while the details are still fresh. You must inform the at-fault party’s insurer that you have been involved in a crash with one of its policyholders. They might have questions for you, so it’s important to give them the facts but avoid editorializing. Keep it short and simple. In general, try to have a personal injury lawyer take care of contacting the at-fault’s insurance company if you can. Finally, it’s also good practice to contact your own insurance company as well, even when you are not at fault.

Step 6: Call a personal injury lawyer

Of all the calls you make when you get home, make this one of the first and don’t delay. When a personal injury lawyer like Amanda Hayden steps in, she will not only handle all communication with the insurance companies on your behalf, but also ensure that all of the proper paperwork is filed properly and efficiently.

Step 7: See a doctor

Schedule an appointment with your primary care physician as soon as you can— within the first two weeks, if possible. You must do this even if you think your injury was minor. Whatever the doctor prescribes for treatment, be sure to follow their orders to the best of your ability or else risk endangering your claim. Finally, it is of the utmost importance to keep track of all medical bills from these visits.

Step 8: Recover — We’ll take care of the rest

We will handle all communication with your insurance, file the correct documents on your behalf, and keep you informed of the whole process. All you have to do is recover while we work diligently on your behalf.

Attorney Amanda Hayden at The Hayden Law Firm knows how to recover the maximum financial settlements and court awards that car accident victims need to move on with their lives. She pairs her background in business negotiation with extensive practice in personal injury law in order to get the results that others may overlook. This experience has proven beneficial in a wide range of cases over the years, and will continue with whatever type of case you face.


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Car Accident Injuries and Compensation

It can take months or even years for a car accident victim to recover physically from a collision—many injuries affecting these people for life. They range in severity from minor scrapes and bruises to more catastrophic, like the ones listed below:

  • Whiplash
  • Bodily injuries
  • Burns
  • Wrongful death
  • Bruising
  • Lacerations
  • Infections
  • Lost limbs
  • Concussions
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Broken and fractured bones
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Internal injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Neck and back injuries
  • Paralysis

What’s important to remember is that your injuries might not be evident in the hours immediately after your accident. What might seem like minor ailments, like those resulting from a fender bender, could turn into serious injuries if left unchecked.

Getting the care you need from a doctor will help your claim.It’s also vital to work with an accident attorney who knows how to fully evaluate your situation. Your medical professional will be able to help you get better, but it is your accident attorney that will help you show how your injuries will impact your life into the future. By getting us involved to document the extent of your injuries, you can adequately recover damages that cover medical expenses, past and future lost wages, pain and suffering, property damage, and more.

We know how important it is for you to recover every dollar during this difficult time. Your road to a complete recovery begins today. Contact us now.

Get in Touch With a Car Accident Lawyer Who Cares

We care deeply about all of the victims that come to The Hayden Law Firm for help when they find themselves in dire circumstances following a serious auto accident. If you are one of these victims, we understand that you may be experiencing financial stress on top of struggling physically and emotionally; however, we believe that you should never carry this burden alone.

We take the time to get to know you and your injuries because we are in this together. When you are ready to get help after a car accident, we’re ready to advocate for you. Contact a car accident lawyer at The Hayden Law Firm or call (314) 480-3100 for a free, no-risk case evaluation.


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    • She is very smart, professional and genuine. She treated us like family and fought for us like we were family.

      Avery

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    • Amanda is excellent! She kept in touch with me every step of the way. She made sure I understood everything along the way. I received compensation that I thought was fair. Thank you so much!

      Angela

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    • Ms. Hayden helped my wife and I though a difficult time. She listened to us and knew every detail of our case. She was encouraging and helpful throughout the process and was tough on the other side. Ms. Hayden was able to get us a settlement far beyond what…

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