WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A JOLIET CAR ACCIDENT?
According to data published by the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), there were 296,049 motor vehicle crashes during 2014. Accidents involving cars, trucks, motorcycles and other motor vehicles can often leave victims with significant injuries that can have a direct impact on their quality of life and leave them with thousands of dollars of medical expenses. For this reason, it is critical for car accident victims to take steps to protect their legal rights, some of which are discussed below. For specific legal advice regarding your case, call Eugene Fimbianti, P.C. today at 815-726-7375.
The first thing that anyone that has been involved in an accident should do is call 911. Doing so will alert emergency medical personnel and law enforcement to the scene of the accident, ensuring that injured victims receive first aid and police determine whether there any traffic or criminal violations that caused or contributed to the accident.
COLLECT INFORMATION REGARDING THE INCIDENT
If you are able, you should collect as much information about the way in which the accident occurred as possible. Examples of the kinds of details of which to make note include the following:
- The names of the drivers involved
- The logos or business names on any commercial vehicles that were involved
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident
- The license plate numbers of the vehicles involved
- Contact information from anyone who may have witnessed the accident
SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION, EVEN IF YOU DO NOT THINK YOU ARE SERIOUSLY INJURED
It is extremely important for car accident victims to seek medical attention as soon as possible after an accident occurs. There are many types of injuries, such as whiplash, that may not cause any symptoms for days or even weeks after the initial injury occurred. By undergoing a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a healthcare professional, you can ensure that their injuries are accurately diagnosed and treated. In addition, seeking medical attention will result in the generation of an official record describing the nature and extent of your injuries, which can be helpful when establishing damages.
CONTACT AN ATTORNEY
It is highly advisable to contact an attorney as soon as possible after you are involved in an accident. An attorney will thoroughly review the facts of your case and ensure that you do not say or do anything that may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation. In addition, accurately assessing the value of a car accident claim can be complicated, and many victims significantly undervalue the value of their claim and simply take the first offer made by the insurance company representing the other party or parties. By hiring an attorney familiar with representing car accident victims, you can ensure that you receive the full value of your claim.
CONTACT A JOLIET PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY TODAY TO SCHEDULE A FREE CONSULTATION
Individuals who have been hurt in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence are often legally entitled to substantial compensation for their losses. To schedule a free consultation with Joliet personal injury lawyer Eugene Fimbianti, call our office today at 815-726-7375.