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Know Your Rights & Responsibilities After a Vehicle Accident

Know Your Rights & Responsibilities After a Vehicle Accident

What are your rights when an accident occurs? What responsibilities do you have to your passengers and other parties involved in the crash? When you are involved in an accident, it is crucial to understand your rights, responsibilities, and potential penalties for failure to report an accident in Kansas.

Your Responsibilities

One of the first things you must do is to remain at the scene of the accident. In the United States, there were 737,100 hit-and-run accidents in 2015. That is a rate of one hit-and-run accident every 43 seconds. Failure to report an accident or leaving the scene could result in hefty fines, suspension of driving privileges, and potentially incarceration if there were injuries or fatalities.

You should always examine yourself, your passengers, and anyone who may have suffered injuries in the collision. You should report this information to emergency responders and ensure that everyone receives the medical treatment they require.

You must also report the accident to law enforcement. Failure to report is a serious crime that you can easily avoid. For instance, in Kansas, all drivers are required to report accidents to local police, the Kansas Highway Patrol, or sheriff's office that cause $1,000 or more in property damage, if there is a fatality, or if the vehicle was unattended at the time of the accident.

Finally, you must exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. However, you are under no obligation to provide them other personal details or to speak with their insurance provider.

Your Rights in a Car Accident

You have the right to remain silent when a motor vehicle accident happens. You do not have to provide statements to police, medical providers, the other driver, or others without the presence of legal counsel. For instance, you don't have to acknowledge you were speeding, which was a factor in 3,907 car crashes in Kansas in 2017.

You have the right to photograph/video the scene of the accident, both vehicles, and any individuals who were involved in the accident. You also have the right to review police reports and verify that contributing conditions such as the ice and snow that were involved in 55,931 accidents in 2017 are recorded in the report.

You have the right to receive medical attention at a facility of your choice to document your injuries and the injuries to your passengers.

You have the right to contact and consult with your insurance provider. However, you are not obligated to sign statements or other documents that could result in a denial of coverage.

Contact Brad Pistotnik Law at 1-800-241-BRAD or call us on our local line at 316-684-4400. Our firm helps clients pursue accident claims in Kansas, Nebraska, Missouri, or Texas. Our attorneys will give you the guidance you need to recover compensation for personal injuries, wrongful deaths, and property damage. You can call Brad Pistotnik on his cell at 316-706-5020. You can reach Tony Atterbury on his cell at 316-617-9237.