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Steps to Take After a Car Accident

Posted on in Traffic Offenses

statutes of limitations, McHenry County Personal Injury Attorney, car accidentIn the minutes, hours, days, and weeks after your car accident, you can take certain steps to help your case

At the Scene of Your Accident

  • The first concern you should have at the scene of the accident is your health. Before getting out of your car, be sure you have not sustained any injuries. If possible, stay in your car for a moment to evaluate your injuries, passenger injuries, and the condition of your car.
  • If you are able to get out of your car, call the police and emergency vehicles, if needed, to treat people at the scene. When in doubt, call an ambulance.
  • Next, trade information with the other drivers. Names, contact information, insurance details, driver's license numbers, and license plate numbers should all be recorded. Also, note the make and model of the cars. If any of the information does not match up, try to find out how the car driver and the insurance policy holder are related.
  • Take photos and videos that show the cars, any injuries, the roadway conditions, and the area in general.
  • Most important, do not discuss fault with anyone at the scene. Fault is a determination made by professionals. Drivers or passengers should not attempt to say who was at fault. When speaking about the accident before you speak to an attorney, speak only about the facts of the accident.

Days and Weeks After Your Accident

  • Seek all medical help you need. Keep in mind that many car accident injuries show up days or weeks after the accident.
  • Write down what you remember happening before, during, and after the accident.
  • Keep a journal of all medical appointments you attend. Also keep track of days missed at work, missed social activities, and how you are feeling.

Contact a Skilled McHenry County Car Accident Lawyer

If you have been in a car accident, meeting with a Crystal Lake personal injury attorney will ensure that you have your claim handled by someone who knows what types of money damages to which you are entitled. A car accident attorney will also know how to pursue your claim and will have experience negotiating with insurance companies and taking cases to trial.

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, takes car accident cases on a contingency basis. That means you do not have to pay your attorney up front or as your attorney is working on your case. Your attorney will not get paid until you receive your settlement or get a money judgment from the court.

Contact the experienced Crystal Lake car accident attorneys at Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC, today for a free initial consultation.

Source:

http://www.dmv.org/insurance/post-accident-checklist.php

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