Last Updated: July 12, 2020

What to Do if You’ve Been in an Auto Accident

If you’ve been in an accident involving a vehicle, you probably don’t know that your rights differ from if you had fallen and hurt yourself at work. It varies by city, but Chicago personal injury lawyers should be able to tell you about the Illinois Motor Vehicle Code.

This is the legal code triggered when you’ve been involved in a car accident, whether you’re a pedestrian, passenger, bicyclist, or driver. Additionally, they should know about local ordinances. These ordinances are specific to each city and may affect your case.

The first thing to do if you’ve been injured in an accident is to go to the doctor. This should be obvious, but not everyone does it. For one, it’s good for your health to get checked out even if you feel fine. But, from a legal perspective, it is also the best way to document your injuries. A doctor also makes a great witness, providing expert testimony on your injuries.

If you do end up in front of a jury, you’re not going to want to have to try explaining why you didn’t even see a doctor after your accident.

The next thing to do is to go to Chicago personal injury lawyers and wait to talk to the insurance companies. The lawyer will let you know what rights you have and what to avoid. Insurance claims adjusters don’t have to tell you that you don’t need to tell them everything. But they will ask.

If you give insurance companies too much information, it may be damaging to your case.

In the event you can’t make it to see Chicago personal injury lawyers, avoid talking to the insurance company until you do. Their business depends on minimizing claims payouts. They have lawyers on hand and are aware what information they need to weaken your case.

You should also avoid signing anything without consulting personal injury lawyers. Whether you believe the insurance company is trying to pull a fast one or not, it will still pay to have an expert advocating on your behalf.

If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a motor vehicle and aren’t sure what to do visit our website to learn more. The Law Office of Scott D. DeSalvo is a team of Chicago personal injury lawyers dedicated to providing legal services for all types of injuries. You can also give us a call at 888-487-8318!


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Richard Lange

Cab Driver, Fall Down                  

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