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Dos and Don’ts Following an Auto Accident

The suddenness of an auto accident can be disorienting, but taking the proper steps after a car accident better ensures your safety and your legal interests.

After an auto accident, do:

  • Call 911.
  • Remain at the scene until the police complete their report.
  • Keep your communication with the other driver to a minimum.
  • Seek medical attention.
  • Collect information about the other driver, including contact information, driver’s license number, license plate number and insurance company information.
  • Give your contact information to the other driver.
  • Take pictures of the location, injuries and car
  • Write down details of the accident, including position of the vehicles involved, weather and time of day, and names and contact information of witnesses.
  • Notify your insurance company of the auto accident.
  • Keep any records of medical treatment, property damage or other documentation of the accident.

Part of knowing what to do after a car accident is knowing what not to do. After an accident:

  • Do not leave the scene of the accident.
  • Do not admit fault or apologize for the accident.
  • Do not discuss the accident unnecessarily with the other people involved.
  • Do not accept payment from the other driver.
  • Do not agree to an insurance settlement before meeting with our attorneys.
  • Do not sign any documents except for the police report.

Taking these steps better ensures your ability to file a personal injury claim in the event you are injured as a result of the other driver’s negligence.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, please contact the experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys at Harvey L. Walner & Associates, Ltd., to schedule a free initial consultation.

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