What To Do If You Are Injured In A Car Accident
Unless you’re a Chicago personal injury lawyer, it’s difficult to grasp all the complexities of determining fault and liability in a car accident. Add to that the stress of being injured in car accident, and it’s a daunting task that may leave you frozen in indecision.
To help you navigate the process, we’ve created this post on what to do if you’re injured in a car accident, so read on.
1. Ensure your safety and the safety of others
If you’ve been injured, even if it feels minor, have someone check you out at the scene. Then attend to, or find help, for anyone else that has been injured.
2. Gather information
At the scene of the accident and in subsequent days, gather as much information as you can. That means pictures of the scene, contact information from other drivers and witnesses, and anything else that helps paint a picture of the incident.
3. Go to a doctor
A Chicago personal injury lawyer has a much better chance of making your claims stand up in court when they have an official patient report that details your injuries. Even if you don’t feel like the injury is that bad, it’s very important for you to see a doctor. Should you develop a more serious injury after the accident, an opposing lawyer will try to suggest that the injury was caused by something else.
4. Get treatment
If you’ve been in an accident in which the other person was liable, but they aren’t paying for your care, don’t be afraid to use your insurance benefits to get treatment. Your insurance can pursue reimbursement at a later time. Getting treatment or using your own insurance benefits (i.e. uninsured motorist coverage) does not preclude you from making a claim against the liable party.
5. Don’t admit liability
Whether you’re talking to the police, the insurance company, or a witness, don’t admit liability. Liability is a complicated legal concept, and until all the information is made available, it may not be clear who is liable.
Have you been in a car accident? Do you still have questions about what your next steps should be? Talk to a Chicago personal injury lawyer today. The Law Office of Scott DeSalvo has unique experience with personal injury related to car accidents. Give us a call at 1-877-365-0040 for a free initial consultation!
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