Imagine being in a serious auto accident in Chicago on I-90 or I-94. Suddenly, your car is wrecked, and you have severe pain in your back and neck. What will you do to cover your medical bills? How will you provide for your family? When another driver causes the accident, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent party.
First, however, you must take several steps after your auto accident outlined below. If you have legal questions or want to file a lawsuit, speak to our Illinois car accident lawyers immediately. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, P.C. have fought for the rights of Illinois personal injury victims for two decades.
The first thing to do after any auto accident is to call 911 for anyone who is hurt. The police also will usually come to the accident scene. If someone is unconscious from the accident or someone has pain in the back or neck, they should not be moved. Wait for medical professionals to arrive before moving them.
When the ambulance and police arrive, write down the badge numbers and names of all EMTs and police officers. This information will be vital if you file a car accident lawsuit later.
No matter how important your destination is, stay at the accident scene until the police tell you to leave. If you leave the crash scene, you could be charged with hit and run, especially if another party was injured.
Next, write or record the names, addresses, phone numbers, and insurance information for all drivers in the accident. State law also requires you to give your name, address, and insurance details to other parties in the accident. If other passengers were hurt, also collect their contact details. Furthermore, obtain any witnesses’ contact information and their statements.
Cell phones are critical tools after a car accident. Use yours to take clear, detailed photos of the accident scene. For example, take pictures of the surroundings, intersection, traffic signs and lights, and skid marks. Next, take images of vehicles involved, damages, and personal injuries.
Your insurance adjuster and your attorney will need these details to determine who was at fault and who will need to pay what. While your lawyer can obtain most accident evidence during the investigation, your personal photos and videos right after the incident can be critical to your case.
If you were hurt, go to the ER immediately so your injuries are documented. Carefully document all treatments you receive and give this information to your insurance provider and attorney. Obtaining damages in a lawsuit requires you to prove you had injuries and other losses and that they were linked to the accident.
Were you in a car accident recently in Chicago, Waukegan, Woodstock, or Antioch? Most likely, you have medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering that prevent you from living a normal life. With the help of our Illinois car accident lawyers at The Law Offices of Robert T. Edens, you could be on the road to physical and financial recovery. Contact one of our attorneys for a confidential consultation about your car accident case by calling (847) 395-2200.