What to do After a Car Accident
Throughout the United States, automobile accidents are a leading cause of injury and death. Every 12 minutes, somebody is killed in a motor vehicle accident on roadways throughout our nation.
The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. know the horrifying impacts that car accidents can have on you and your family. We are dedicated to providing you with personal service that goes beyond our office walls, so you can focus on getting healthy while we concentrate on winning your case.
If You Are Involved in a Car Accident
If you are in a car accident, try not to panic. If anyone is injured, call an ambulance immediately. Here are some other things you should do in the aftermath of a motor vehicle crash:
Move vehicles from traffic: If you are able, move your vehicle to the side of the road so that it is not presenting a hazard to other drivers. If you are not able to move the vehicle, call a tow truck, put on your hazard lights and set out flares or any other type of warning device (if possible) to warn other drivers about your stopped vehicle.
Obtain contact information: Exchange information with the other parties involved. This includes the other drivers, passengers and witnesses. Collect their names, addresses and phone numbers along with the driver’s license number and insurance information (including policy number) of the other driver(s). Also write down the license plate number of the other vehicles involved, and the description of each car (year, make, model and color).
Document and photograph the accident: If you have a camera (a cell phone camera will work), take photographs of the scene. Besides the vehicles, take pictures of anything else that may have played a role in the accident. This includes weather conditions, obstructions, signs, landscaping and debris. Also write down what happened while it is fresh in your mind. If you are waiting for the police to arrive, this is a good time to take notes. Even if the car accident was clearly your fault, never admit you are responsible. This is a legal matter that will be determined at a later date.
File a report: Often times, especially in large cities like Chicago, police officers will not respond to accidents unless someone is hurt. If damage exceeds $1,500 or if someone was hurt, you must file an accident report. This report is also a helpful reference during the claims process.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident and suffered injuries, call Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd. immediately. Your first call will not cost you a penny. We will review your case for free and let you know how to move forward with your claim. If you live in the Chicago area, please contact our law firm today to learn more. Our lawyers work on a contingency basis, which means you pay no fee unless we win your case.
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