If you’re involved in a vehicle accident, being prepared will help make the situation easier to deal with. Here are the five steps to take after an automobile accident:
1. Stop! Do Not Drive Away
Never drive away after an accident. It’s illegal, and it will make your situation worse. Instead, shift the vehicle into park, turn off the engine, and turn on the hazard lights. Find a safe path out of the hazard zone before you exit the vehicle.
2. Alert the Police and Medical Personnel
If the accident is an emergency, call 911 to alert the authorities and for medical treatment. If no one is injured and the automobiles are not blocking traffic, call the Elgin Police Department non-emergency number at 847-289-2700 and report your accident. Follow the instructions from police and medical personnel.
3. Document Your Accident and Contact Your Insurance Company
It’s important to log accident details beyond the police report. Take photos of the damages and the road where the accident occurred. Take detailed notes that describe the date, time, and how the accident happened. Write down the names, numbers, license plates, and insurance information of everyone involved, but do not admit fault (read on to learn more). Do not sign any documents unless they are from police or authorized personnel. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
4. Track All Medical Expenses and Treatments
If you are injured in the accident, make sure you receive proper medical attention and care. Keep track of all of your medical expenses and treatments along the way. This helps your car accident lawyer and/or insurance agent guarantee you receive full compensation for your injuries.
5. Hire an experienced Elgin Car Accident Lawyer
Finding an experienced Elgin car accident lawyer will help ensure your case is strong. Legal representation increases your chances of receiving full compensation for your damages including medical bills, vehicle damage, and lost wages. Your Elgin car accident lawyer will also help you to gather evidence to support your Elgin car accident lawsuit claim. Be aware of Illinois’ statute of limitations and file your claim in time. Contact TorHoerman Law to learn more about working with our team of car accident attorneys and personal injury lawyers.