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What Should I Do Immediately Following a Car Accident?

Posted on in Car Accidents

crystal lake car crash lawyerThe scene of a serious car accident is nothing if not chaotic. It can be difficult to think clearly. Your brain is probably racked with questions– am I hurt? is my car badly damaged? am I at fault? Additionally, your surroundings are probably filled with frenzied commotion; people around you are screaming, onlookers are running over to help, and screeching sirens are cutting the air. It can be difficult to concentrate amidst the bedlam. However, knowing what to do in the aftermath of a serious car accident is the key to a fast recovery, physically, mentally, and financially.

Here are three things to always do after a serious crash:

Call the Police

Always call the police. Firstly, the scene of a serious accident can be hectic, as discussed above. A law enforcement presence gets things under control. Additionally, police reports are important pieces of evidence in an accident claim or injury lawsuit. Sometimes, an individual who causes an accident may try to convince the other driver to avoid calling the police. This is often to escape taking responsibility for the accident. 

See a Doctor

Even if you feel fine, it is critical to seek medical attention right away after a severe car accident. It is not common for injuries to go unnoticed for days or even weeks after the accident. A doctor can often identify these latent injuries right away and begin administering treatment. But doctors are valuable in a second way. Their professional observations can be introduced as evidence during any subsequent insurance claim or legal proceeding. Medical records and testimony from medical experts are often a key piece of evidence in a personal injury claim. 

Contact a McHenry County Personal Injury Lawyer

After a serious motor vehicle accident, the journey back to normal often feels insurmountable. The physical injuries are just the tip of the iceberg. You may also be dealing with medical debt, lost wages, and mental trauma. Facing any of these obstacles individually would be a challenge, but facing them all at once is nightmarish. Although the cards seem stacked against, you do not have to suffer in silence. Car accident victims have rights under Illinois Law. If the crash was the result of another party’s negligence or wrongdoing, you can file a personal injury claim against the responsible parties.

Understanding your rights begins with contacting an experienced personal injury lawyer. Even if you are not planning on filing a lawsuit, a lawyer can evaluate your situation and provide you with options.

Contact a Crystal Lake Car Accident Lawyer 

Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC believes that no person or company is above the law, no matter the depth of their pockets. It is this commitment to justice that drives our firm to fight for working people.

If you need a McHenry County personal injury lawyer that means business, call Botto Gilbert Lancaster, PC today at 815-338-3838 to set up a free initial consultation.

Source: 

https://www.illinoiscourts.gov/courts/circuit-court/illinois-pattern-jury-instructions-civil/



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