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Scott D. Brown
John P. Lander
Kim R. Snitker
Travis M. Armbrust
Kaitlyn J. Ausborn
 
Brown, Kinsey,
Funkhouser & Lander, P.L.C.

214 North Adams,
Mason City, Iowa 50401
Phone: (641) 423-6223
Fax: (641) 423-9995
AUTO / CAR ACCIDENTS - Frequently Asked Questions
I. General Information IV. Injuries and Compensation
II. What to do if you are in an accident   A. Damages
  A. Immediately after the accident   B. Damages for Family Members
  B. When the police get to the accident   C. Insurance
  C. Soon after the accident   D. Amount of Compensation
  D. Later   E. Injuries and Compensation Conclusion
III. Theories of Liability V. Insurance Claims Tips
  A. Negligence VI. Uninsured or Underinsured Drivers
  B. Recklessness   A. Uninsured Drivers
  C. Third Parties   B. Underinsured Drivers
       1. Drunk Drivers   C. Collecting Damages
       2. Product Manufacturers      D. Conclusion
       3. Automotive Technicians VII. No-Fault Insurance
       4. Government Entities
  A. A No-Fault Insurance System
  D. General Conclusion   B. Choice No-Fault
      C. A No-Fault Insurance Policy
      D. No-Fault Insurance Conclusion
"Contact an Iowa auto / car accident lawyer representing clients in Mason City, Iowa today to schedule your free initial consultation."
 
Hardin County Courthouse Eldora Iowa   General Information about Motor Vehicle Accidents

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), someone is involved in a car accident every ten seconds in the United States. This high frequency of car accidents makes motor vehicle accidents the most common personal injury cases in the courts today. In most states, motor vehicle accidents are covered by negligence law, although some states have laws (known as "no-fault" laws) that state that the driver that caused the accident is irrelevant to the case. Generally, however, motor vehicle drivers have to use the amount of care that a reasonable person would employ under the circumstances. Negligence is failing to use reasonable care.Drivers who are found to be negligent may be required to pay damages for causing any injury to other people and any vehicle damages.
 

To collect these damages, the injured party (known as the plaintiff) must show some facts about the other driver (known as the defendant) and the accident. The plaintiff must show that he or she was injured, that the defendant was negligent, that the defendant's negligence caused the accident, and that the accident caused the plaintiff's injuries. If you were in a motor vehicle accident, a personal injury lawyer with experience in motor vehicle accidents can give you legal advice on how to best protect yourself and your interests.

What to do if you are in an accident:

Immediately after the accident:

Stop! In most states, a person involved in a motor vehicle accident is required not to leave the scene, even if the accident is minor. You should stop and check for injuries or vehicle damage. If you do leave the scene, you may be criminally prosecuted.

Check for injuries. Don't move an injured person. Call the police and an ambulance, if necessary. If you can't call, ask someone else to call the police to report the accident. Inform the police of the number of injured people, so that enough emergency personnel report to the scene of the accident. Even if there are no injuries, you should still call the police to get an accident report.

While you wait for the police, if possible, turn on your hazard lights, raise the hood or trunk of your car, or set out road flares to alert other vehicles to proceed carefully around the accident.

Exchange information with the other driver. Get his or her name, address, phone number, drivers license number, license plate number, insurance company, insurance policy number, and insurance agent's name and telephone number. You should give the other driver the same information about yourself.

If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their identifying information. Ask the police officer who is investigating the accident for his or her business card and the "incident number" so that you can obtain an accident report later.

You may also want to take notes about where and how the accident occurred. Include details such as road conditions, speed limits, traffic signals, weather conditions, lighting, and what other cars were doing at the time of the accident. However, if you have to go to court because of your accident, you may have to share these notes with the other driver in the accident.

Even if you think that the accident may be your fault, don't say so. The other driver may have been partially responsible or there may have been other variables involved in the accident. An admission of fault may later be used against you.

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