What do I do if I in a car accident?
Answer: Car accidents are one of the most common causes of death in the US, and the consequences of a car crash can last a lifetime. Often, victims of traffic collisions spend significant amounts of money in hospital bills and car repair or replacement. Unfortunately, insurance companies are not always ready to pay what they owe the victims of crashes with their insured drivers. We can help you negotiate a proper settlement with insurance companies or see you through the litigation process if necessary. Taking the correct steps up front will make the process smoother later on. First, gather as much information about the accident as you can as soon as you can. Try to determine the name of the other driver or drivers involved, who was coming from where in what car. This may take the form of getting a report from witnesses or taking down the contact information of those involved. Oftentimes, you will be too upset or hurt to do this effectively. This is why it is essential that this information by gathered by a professional, preferably a police officer. Reporting to the police as early as possible offers a disinterested account of what happened and create an official record of the occurrence. It is also required by the law in most states, including Illinois. Second, seek medical attention for any injuries. Your health comes first in these circumstances. It’s essential that you take whatever steps are reasonable to prevent your injuries from getting worse or causing more long-term harm than they already will. In addition, seeking medical attention right away gives you a clearer picture of what to ask for from the insurance company or from the other driver, depending on what course you end up taking for compensation. Third, contact your insurance company and follow their processes for filing a claim. This may be your final step, depending on the circumstances of the accident and your insurance company’s reaction. Fourth, if the insurance company doesn’t fully compensate you for your injuries and the pain and suffering which follows your accident, contact an attorney. The attorneys at IllinoisAttorney.com will be happy to represent you or connect you to a lawyer who can help you. Whether you have a claim against an insurance company or a lawsuit against a reckless driver, the personal injury attorneys available to you through IllinoisAttorney.com will be happy to discuss your case with you.