What to do after an accident?
While auto accidents are never expected, it’s important for drivers of all ages to understand the necessary steps to take after an accident has occurred, provided that they are safely able to do so.
Under Illinois state law, drivers who have been involved in an auto accident must report it to Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), and this report must be submitted as soon as possible if the driver was responsible for the injury or death of another person and/or $1,500+ in damage. Accidents must also be reported using a Motorist Report form or Illinois Traffic Crash Report form; learn how to obtain the appropriate form on IDOT’s Traffic Safety webpage.
While auto accidents vary, here are the ideal steps to take following an accident:
- Call the police to report the accident – Simply relay the facts of the case and follow any instructions when an officer arrives on the scene. Before leaving, be sure to request a copy of the police report or instructions for how to obtain it once it is filed.
- Inform your insurance company without admitting fault – Some insurance companies have time-limits for drivers to inform them of an accident. Be honest about the facts of the accident, but do not admit fault, make any legal conclusions, or say anything that could be used against you at a later time.
- Receive medical attention – Seek a full medical evaluation as soon as possible, even if you do not believe you’ve been seriously injured. Some injuries do not produce symptoms for hours or even days after the accident and it is important that any potential injuries are identified and evaluated immediately.
- Exchange important information with the other driver – Exchange full legal names, addresses, phone numbers, insurance carriers, license plate numbers, and other necessary contact information.
- Take necessary notes – Write down any important details or circumstances pertaining to the accident, at-fault driver, or surrounding scene, as they can be highly valuable later on.
- Take necessary photographs – Take pictures of the damaged vehicles, scene of the accident, any visible injuries, and anything else relevant to the accident.
- Obtain witness-statements – If anyone directly witnessed the accident, use a notepad or even a smartphone or similar recording device to obtain statements if they are willing to provide them.
- Contact an attorney – Our experienced personal injury attorneys are here for you every step of the way to ensure that your rights are protected and you are fully compensated for your injuries and losses.
We at Agruss Law Firm are proud to serve our fellow citizens in personal injury cases, especially when you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident, and we are fully committed to protecting your rights and ensuring that the other party is held legally accountable when negligence occurs. We will fight until the very end to ensure that you are fully compensated for all injuries and losses resulting from the accident, including medical expenses, property damage, lost wages, and pain and suffering, and you won’t owe us a dime for our services.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident due to another driver’s negligence, contact Agruss Law Firm, LLC for a free consultation. Helping our clients is about counseling, advocating, and ultimately solving problems. With years of experience successfully representing the people and not the powerful, we will take care of the insurance adjusters, your medical bills, your property damage, and your lost wages, and monitor your treatment so you can focus on healing and getting your life back to normal. We will handle your case quickly and advise you every step of the way, and we will not hesitate to go to trial for you. Lastly, Agruss Law Firm, LLC is not paid attorneys’ fees unless we win your case. Our no-fee promise is that simple. You have nothing to risk when you hire us – only the opportunity to seek justice.