What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Legal Guidance from a Car Accident Lawyer in Chicago, IL
Were you involved a
car accident that wasn't your fault? You probably have a lot of questions about
insurance and property damage. If you suffered an injury, you may face
additional uncertainties related to
personal injury, such as medical expenses, missed wages, hospitalization costs, and noneconomic
damages. Duncan Law Group can help you understand your legal rights and
circumstances so that you can make the best decision for your future and
finances. As a personal injury lawyer,
Attorney Bob Duncan is familiar with the ins and outs of car accident claims and the personal
injury process and can help you seek the money that you deserve.
Whether your realize it or not, the personal injury legal process begins
at the scene of your accident. That's why it is important to stay
prepared; so that you don't make a critical error and compromise your
ability to recover the damages that you need. Below, you will find a step-by-step
outline of the car accident process with the facts and information that
you need to answer the question,
what should I do after a car accident?
If you need a car accident lawyer in Chicago, Bob Duncan is available to
help you understand your legal rights and options through a personal injury
lawsuit or claim. With an in-depth knowledge of personal injury law, he
can help you avoid common mistakes and guide your through every step of
the claim process. Get started with
Steps To Take Following an Accident:
Safety is Your Primary Concern
First, make sure that all drivers and
passengers involved in the accident are okay. If necessary, contact emergency services
to help anyone who suffered an injury. After a minor accident, move your
vehicle to the side of the road. Blocking traffic is dangerous an unnecessary.
If you cannot move your vehicle, stay in your car and wait for help to arrive.
Exchange Information with Other Drivers
Never leave the scene of a car accident without collecting contact information
from the other driver. Specifically, ask for his / her name, phone number,
address, insurance company, insurance policy number, license plate number,
and driver's license number. Without this information, you may have
difficulty contacting the driver or his / her insurance company. Additionally,
write down general information about each car, including the year, model,
color, and make of each vehicle. Record a brief description of each vehicle
and its location in relationship to the accident. Never apologize to the
other driver; an apology can be used against you to establish fault for
Document the Scene of the Accident
If possible, take photographs of the accident. With the growing popularity
of smart phones, many drivers have access to cameras immediately after
an accident. Any information about the location of each car and specific
damage incurred by your vehicle should be photographed, if possible, to
determine who is at fault for the accident. For more information, speak
to witnesses about and ask for their basic contact information as well.
Remember to write down factual information about the crash, such as the
date and time, to help you substantiate the specifics of the accident
when you talk to an attorney and your insurance company.
Things to Avoid After a Car Accident
A simple mistake could change the outcome of your car accident claim –
and not for the better. Avoiding common oversights can help you establish
a legitimate case so that you stand the best possible chance of obtaining
compensation. First, never leave the scene of a car accident. Driving
away from an accident (even a minor collision) can result in a criminal,
"hit-and-run" charge. If you were involved in a car accident,
stay at the scene of the collision until emergency services arrive and
it is appropriate for you to leave. Secondly, never forget to contact
the police. If you were involved in a car accident, you are legally obligated
to contact law enforcement. Failing to call the police can result in a
criminal charge as well.
In the aftermath of a traffic collision, people tend to lose their tempers.
Many people try to blame another driver for the accident to establish
their own innocence. Avoid pointing fingers and stay composed. When you
speak with the other driver, make sure that he / she is okay before you
ask for their contact information. Losing control of your emotions may
cause you to forget about collecting contact information or taking photographs.
To ensure the best possible chance of a favorable settlement, gather all
of the facts that you need and avoid any form of confrontation with witnesses
and other motorists.
When should I contact my insurance company?
After you gather all of the relevant information about the accident, speak
with your insurance company. Limit your conversation to the facts, though.
Do not explain your actions, but simply state the facts and describe the
accident. Avoid talking about your personal feelings, etc. Give the other
driver's insurance information and any relevant information about
the context, time, and location of the collision. Finally, provide your
insurance provider with a list of property damage and physical injuries
incurred by the accident. This can include any evidence, such as pictures,
that you gather from the scene of the accident.
Contact a Chicago Car Accident Lawyer Right Away
After a serious car accident, a personal injury attorney can help you recover
compensation for damages and injuries incurred during an avoidable accident.
Generally speaking, if you suffered and injury by no fault of your own,
a Chicago personal injury lawyer can help you obtain compensation for
Contact Duncan Law Group immediately if:
- Your injuries may require long-term medical attention, such as physical therapy
- Your injuries could lead to surgery
- The accident aggravated a previous injury or medical concern
- Your injuries may lead to a permanent medical condition
- Your injury involved damage to the head or brain (even minor head injuries)
- You can no longer car for yourself after the injury
If you suffered an injury after a car accident, speak with a Chicago car
accident attorney from Duncan Law Group today. Bob Duncan has recovered
tens of millions of dollars in successful jury verdicts and case settlements.
There is no replacement for a qualified lawyer; make sure that you have
the right legal representative on your side.
Contact Duncan Law Group today and request a free, no-obligation evaluation.