If you have been involved in an automobile accident in Illinois, it’s very important to understand your rights. It’s equally important to find a legal representative who can protect those rights and give you an honest assessment of your case.
Right to Get Information from Other Drivers
You have a right to request information from any drivers involved in your accident. It’s important to obtain things like contact information for the driver(s), car registration and license number, and insurance information. Details like this will be vital to assessing your possible claims and obtaining compensation from insurance companies. Keep this information in a safe place so you can provide it to your lawyer.
Right to Obtain a Copy of Police Report
If the police arrived at your car accident and filed a report, you are entitled to request a copy of the report. First, find out which police department handled your case, then call them or look online to see how to request and pay for the report.
Right to Limit Communication from Other Driver’s Insurance Company
In Illinois, you must cooperate with your own insurance company. But you are allowed to refuse to give a statement to other insurance companies. It’s also possible in some cases to limit their access to your medical records. Your attorney will stand between you and the insurance companies and provide expert advice on what you should say and do.
Right to Recover for Damages
Illinois law provides ways for you to recover for damage to your property and person, pain and suffering, and wage loss. Determine who was at fault in the accident and the amount of damages requires someone with training and experience. Hiring an advocate who specializes in personal injury can affect your financial recovery.
Right to File a Lawsuit
Despite the best efforts of your attorney, sometimes it is necessary to take insurance companies to court. You have the right to file a lawsuit to obtain appropriate compensation for injuries, pain and suffer, and lost wages. A lawyer tried and tested while handling motor vehicle accident cases will know when and how to file a lawsuit to get the compensation you need.
Smooth the Way with a Dedicated, Trustworthy Attorney
Retaining an advocate to stand up for you is the best way to maximize your financial recovery. If you have been hurt in an automobile accident in the Chicago-Elmwood Park area, get the legal representation you need. Schedule a free consultation by calling Osvaldo Rodriguez, PC at 708-716-3441 or complete the contact form on our Contact Us page.
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