What To Do After a Car Accident in Kansas
Best practice guide for what you need to do in case you are in an auto accident in KS
If you are involved in an accident or collision in Kansas, you must be prepared to act responsibly and in accordance with State law. Following are some general guidelines and more specific requirements to follow in case of an accident.
FIRST AND FOREMOST
As a responsible driver, you must never leave the scene of an accident. Not only is it essential that you provide any necessary help immediately following an accident, but leaving an accident scene can result in having your driving privileges revoked, your license suspended, hefty fines and imprisonment.
After stopping your vehicle, you should pull up as close to the accident as safely possible, without obstructing traffic. Take a moment to assess the situation, and do not panic. Be aware of the traffic situation, and any other potential dangers, such as fire.
You should do your best to provide immediate assistance to other motorists, passengers or pedestrians that may have been injured in the accident. Take extra care when attempting to move an injured person; if possible, wait for an ambulance to arrive. Notify 911 to report any injuries and call for medical assistance.
If you have been injured in a car accident, it is important to stay calm. If possible, ensure that you are out of danger and not blocking any oncoming traffic. Call or wait for help, and do not attempt to move if you are unable to do so. See Auto Accident Injuries for more information.
If you are involved in an accident in Kansas, you are required to provide certain information to the other parties involved. Likewise, fellow motorists, passengers or pedestrians involved in the accident must share similar information with you.
Also, it is often wise to ask for the information of witnesses to the accident just in case you need to have them testify at a later date. The key information to exchange in the aftermath of an accident includes:
- Name, address and contact details.
- Driver license number.
- License plate number of the vehicles involved.
- Auto insurance information for the motorists involved.
It may also be useful to take photographs at the scene of the accident. If you hit an unattended vehicle, you must make an effort to find the owner or driver, and follow these same procedures.
If you are unable to locate the owner of an unattended vehicle, you are required to leave a note indicating your name, registration number, contact information and a brief description of the accident.
REPORTING AN ACCIDENT TO THE KANSAS DEPARTMENT OF REVENUE
- Although it is not mandatory to report all accidents to the Division of Motor Vehicles of the Kansas Department of Revenue, it may be mandatory to report the accident to the local Police Department. You are required to report accidents to the police department if any of the following apply:
- The accident caused injury or death.
- The accident resulted in property damage amounting to $1000 or more.
- If you fail to report an accident that meets the above criteria to the Kansas Police, you may have your license suspended. In the event that another driver offers to pay for damages and asks you not to report an accident, you are still required to file the report in any of the situations outlined above.
- The police have the right to ask for proof of valid insurance at the accident scene. If you were not carrying your papers at that time you must submit them to the concerned Police department at the earliest. If you fail to do so you may be summoned to court and will have a grace period of 10 days to provide the relevant papers. If you did not have liability insurance when the accident occurred, your driving privileges may be suspended.
- Notify your auto insurance company if you are involved in an accident.
- See also Auto Accident Injuries.
- In the event that you are injured in an auto accident, consider contacting a personal injury attorney. Retain copies of any medical expenses incurred as a result of an accident.
- See also Driving Record and Driving School.