A car accident can leave you injured and overwhelmed. However, it is important to stay calm, and take steps to safeguard your rights.
As Chicago car accident lawyers we understand the difficulty and confusion facing many car accident victims. The following are important steps that a person involved in car accident should take:
Stop After the Accident Occurs
If you have been involved in a car accident, it is extremely important for you to stop. If you leave the accident scene before police arrive, you will be charged with hit-and-run. Leaving the accident site will invite a bigger trouble than just a ticket.
Gather Relevant Information
To the best of your ability and condition, gather as much information as you can. This can help your case and claim process. Get contact details from the other driver such as his/her name, address, date of birth, license plate number, car model, and name of the insurance company.
Do Not Assume Fault
Even if you think that the accident was your fault, do not take the blame unless you have consulted with an attorney. Do not agree to pay damages or give any written statement before speaking with your attorney.
Report the Car Accident
After the accident, you must make a report to the police as soon as possible. Inform the insurance company about the accident, and get in touch with your lawyer.
Seek Medical Attention
Even if there are no visible injuries, or there are only minor injuries that you think require no medical treatment, you should have a medical examination done. Some injuries may not appear soon after the accident, and may show up after a few days. Make sure you go to the doctor and have a medical examination done to check for injuries that may not be immediately apparent.
Consult With a Chicago Injury Lawyer
Do not give any statement to anyone before speaking to your lawyer. Speak to your attorney before you provide any details about the accident to the insurance company’s lawyer.
The insurance company may request a recorded statement about your account of the accident, and how it occurred. They may want to record the phone call, or seek a tape recorded statement. Do not oblige to such requests.
If an uninsured driver is responsible for causing the accident, it does not mean you cannot get any damages out of him. You can consult your lawyer, and sue the uninsured driver if your attorney thinks it makes sense to do so.
Chicago Car Accidents
Bear in mind that if you have caused the accident, then chances are that the other party will sue you. So, it is important that you consult with an attorney and get legal representation.
If you have been involved in a Chicago automobile accident, contact Willens Law Office. Our award-winning attorneys have the experience, dedication, and compassion necessary to help guide you through the legal process. Call us today to speak with an attorney free of charge.