Attorney Darren E. Fulcher Examines Post-Auto Accident Essentials

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Attorney Darren E. Fulcher

Your attorney can advise you on issues ranging from how to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle to how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment available.

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Following an auto accident, insurance companies typically want to take statements immediately. “It is important that you have received legal advice before providing such a statement,” said personal injury attorney Darren E. Fulcher, founder of The Fulcher Law Firm, P.C.“Your attorney can advise you on issues ranging from how to make sure you are fully compensated for your vehicle to how to make sure you are getting the best medical treatment available.”

To further educate drivers on what to do following an auto accident, Fulcher lists the following six tips:

No. 1: Call the police. Even if there are no serious injuries, it is imperative to call the police. “You may need a police report to file a claim with your insurance company, even if it is just to make a claim for damage to your vehicle,” noted Fulcher.

No. 2: Make an accurate record. “When the police arrive, make sure to tell the investigating officer(s) exactly what happened, to the best of your ability,” stressed Fulcher. “You should also make sure statements made by other persons involved in the accident are accurate as well.”

No. 3: Take pictures. If one happens to have a camera in their vehicle, or a cell phone equipped with a camera, they should take pictures of the vehicles if there is visible damage. “If you have visible injuries, you should photograph them as well,” added Fulcher.

No. 4: Exchange information. Typically, the investigating police officer obtains this information. “However, if the police do not respond to the accident, you should obtain the name, address and telephone number of all persons involved in the accident, drivers and passengers alike,” noted Fulcher. “You should also obtain information about insurance by asking to see the insurance card for all vehicles involved in the accident. If there are witnesses, you should get information from them as well so that you or your attorney can contact them in the future.”

No. 5: Report the accident. Notify the insurance company as soon as possible. “Many policies require immediate reporting and full cooperation,” said Fulcher. “Find out if you have medical benefits as part of your insurance coverage. You pay extra for that type of coverage, known as ‘medpay,’ so you should use it.”

No. 6: Seek medical attention. Oftentimes, injuries caused by motor vehicle accidents are not immediately apparent. “Unless you are absolutely certain you were not injured, you should seek medical attention at your local emergency room or by seeing your family physician,” advised Fulcher.

About Darren E. Fulcher, The Fulcher Law Firm, P.C.
Darren E. Fulcher practices primarily in the area of personal injury, general civil litigation. He is a member of the Missouri Bar Association, United States District Court of Kansas, United States District Court-Western District of Missouri and Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. Practice areas of The Fulcher Law Firm, P.C. include auto accident, truck accident, wrongful death, sexual assault by a teacher or coach, and workers’ compensation. For more information, please call (816) 474-1010, or visit The law office is located at 104 West 9th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.

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