Have you ever been involved in an automobile accident? If so, you understand how difficult it is to know what to do. This is especially true if you or someone else has been injured. In this article, we will give you give tips to help you know what to do after a car accident.
#1. Call for Help
Most people will reach for their cellphones as soon as the car stops moving. Of course, calling 9‑1‑1 is a priority, especially if someone is hurt.
You may also ask a friend or family member to help you. In addition to giving you a ride and comforting you, they may be able to help you make important decisions at an incredibly stressful time.
#2. Gather Information at the Scene
If at all possible, try to talk to the other drivers involved in the car accident. First, you need their contact information. Make sure you also get the name and contact information for their auto insurance.
Also, note if there were any witnesses to the accident. As long as you can safely walk around the scene, try to get contact information for the witnesses also.
Finally, try to note some details about the accident scene like:
- Any cross streets, exit numbers, or mile markers;
- Weather conditions;
- Problems with the road that might have contributed to the accident.
The next tip is critical.
#3. Call Your Insurance Company After an Auto Accident
Before calling any insurers, we really recommend that you talk to a personal injury lawyer. Many people accidentally say things that undermine their case. Most of us find it easy to make mistakes when talking to another driver’s insurance company.
Protect your rights and your future compensation by hiring an Illinois personal injury lawyer before making any statements.
#4. Get a Copy of the Police Report
First, make sure you know which police department responded after the car accident. This is another essential piece of information you can gather at the accident scene.
Then contact the police department to see how you can get a copy of any reports that were filed.
In Illinois, drivers must file an Illinois traffic crash report with the police, if no police officers arrived at the scene. The Illinois State Police website has important information about where to file.
#5. Call a Lawyer After a Car Accident
See #3 above. Your Illinois personal injury attorney can listen to you, then let you know how to proceed.
Talk with Osvaldo Rodriguez, an experienced Illinois personal injury lawyer, for an honest assessment of your case. Your case will receive the personal attention it deserves. Schedule a free consultation by calling us today at 708-716-3441 or by completing the form on our Contact Us page.
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