What To Do In The Event of a Fairview Heights Car Accident
So someone has made a mistake. What happens now? Here’s a checklist to make sure you’re as safe as you can be.
- Don’t Leave the Scene!
- Leaving the scene of an accident is seen as a felony. Try to stay put unless you need immediate medical assistance.
- Call for Help!
- For one, Illinois law requires an accident to be reported if an injury or death occurred. If the accident or injury resulted in more than $1,500 in damage, it must be reported within 10 days. Secondly, the police know what they are doing. You can trust they will keep you, your family, and your belongings safe after something has happened.
- When I say document, I really mean take some pictures. Use your phone’s camera (or any other camera you have access to) and snap some photos of everything. Your car, your injuries, the weather, the road, the other party’s car, etc. Whip out your trusty notepad (or your phone’s notes app) and write down the names and numbers of the other party, corresponding officers, and medical officials. All of this may help your case in the future.
- Stay Quiet!
- If you’re taking pictures and notes, chances are, so is the other party. Admitting fault to anyone else in the accident may lead to another lawsuit and more cost on your end. But, don’t ignore anyone. Making sure everyone is safe and accounted for doesn’t admit fault.
- Keep Your Records!
- Holding on to any medical records or other information you gather before your case will help you and your attorney in the future.
- Hire a Lawyer!
- The statute of limitations in Illinois is 2 years after the date of your injury or accident. That means you have two years to find an attorney and file your case. Contact a Fairview Heights personal injury lawyer as soon as you can.
- Ask Some Questions!
- Accidents (and what comes after) are a very overwhelming and stressful time for anyone. When you are confused, concerned, or even overwhelmed with it all, make sure your attorney knows. When there is tension between you and those who are helping you, it can make things even more difficult. Having a good attorney-client relationship will mean your case will go smoothly and be over in no time!