If you’re involved in an automobile accident, being prepared makes the situation easier to deal with. Here are the five steps to take after an automobile accident:
Stop! Do Not Drive Away
Never drive away after an auto accident. It will make your situation worse, and it’s against the law. Instead, shift your vehicle into park, turn off its engine, and turn on the hazard lights. Establish a safe path that is out of the hazard zone before exiting your vehicle.
Alert the Police and Medical Personnel
If your accident is an emergency, call 9-1-1 to alert the authorities and for medical treatment. If no one is injured and the vehicles are not blocking traffic, call the Arlington Heights Police Department non-emergency number at 847-368-5300 and report the accident. Follow any instructions given by police and medical personnel.
Document Your Accident and Contact Your Insurance Company
It’s important to document your accident details beyond the police report. Take photos of any damages and the road where the accident occurred. Take detailed notes that describe the date, time, and how the accident happened. Take down the names, phone numbers, insurance information, and license plate number of anyone involved, but do not admit fault (read on to learn why). Do not sign any documents unless you are required to by police or authorized personnel. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
Track All Medical Expenses and Treatments
If you are injured in the accident, make sure to receive adequate medical attention and care. Keep track of all of your medical treatments and expenses along the way. This will help your Arlington Heights car accident lawyer and/or insurance company guarantee that you receive full compensation for your injuries.
Hire an experienced Arlington Heights Car Accident Lawyer
Working with an experienced car accident attorney will help ensure that you have a strong case. Legal representation increases your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages including medical bills, lost wages, and vehicle damage. Be aware of Illinois’ statute of limitations and file your claim on time. Contact TorHoerman Law to learn more about working with our team of car accident lawyers and personal injury attorneys.