Auto accidents are a common occurrence on roadways across America, affecting millions of people every year. While car crashes vary in seriousness from mild annoyances to major catastrophes, everyone is caught off guard when they occur. For this reason, our Chicago accident attorneys have compiled a list of tips to help motorists be prepared for the unexpected.
First, make sure you are stopped in the safest location possible. When your accident leaves your vehicle in a place where it is likely to cause another accident, it is important to move your vehicle to the side of the road and out of the flow of traffic if possible. If it is impossible to move your vehicle to a safer location, remain in your car with your seatbelt fastened until help arrives. Never leave the scene of an accident. This is considered a crime in some states.
Second, check yourself and passengers for injuries. If one of your passengers has been injured from the car accident, do not move them unless they are in danger of receiving further injuries in their current location. Call an ambulance if anyone has suffered a serious injury.
Third, call the police. It is important to have an official record of your accident should you need to pursue legal action in the future. When the police arrive, do not admit blame; simply tell them the specific facts surrounding your accident.
Fourth, exchange contact information with the driver of the other vehicle. You will need to get the full name, address, phone number and birth date of the other driver in addition to their insurance information and vehicle information like the year, make, model and license plate of the vehicle you were collided with.
Fifth, take photographs and extensive notes. It is important to keep a personal record of what happened at an accident in addition to a police report. Take photos of the accident from various angles and distances and write detailed notes of how you remember the accident happening. Include time of day, weather conditions, driving speed and any other details that will help you recreate the accident scene should you need to for legal proceedings in the future.
Sixth, call your insurance company. Many insurance companies require their members to report any accidents they are involved in immediately after an accident occurs. Failure to do so may result in a denial of your claim.
Seventh, call an attorney if you or a loved one has been seriously injured. An experienced auto accident attorney in Chicago can help you understand your rights and make sure they are protected.
At Kurasch & Klein, we devote 100% of our practice to helping injured people. With over 33 years of experience representing personal injury victims, our auto accident attorneys in Chicago know what it takes to fight for the maximum recovery accident victims are entitled to under law. We know insurance companies can be tough to deal with. We're tougher. Our aggressive approach to law has enabled us to be highly successful at getting our clients the money they need and deserve. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in an auto accident, contact one of our experienced Chicago auto accident attorneys at 312-372-7250.