Three Things You Need to Do After an Illinois Car Accident
Far too many Illinois auto accident victims damage their ability to recover fair financial compensation for their injuries by making mistakes early on in the accident claims process. Here, we have put together a list of three things that you need to do after a crash to protect your health, your safety and your legal claim:
- After an accident, you need to see a doctor. Not only is this important for your own wellbeing, but you will not be able to bring a personal injury claim without official medical evidence.
- You should secure all relevant evidence related to your crash. This means taking pictures of the accident scene, getting your hands on the police report and obtaining contact information from any witnesses.
- If your car accident is serious, you need to speak to an attorney before you speak to an insurance adjuster. Do not make a statement or sign any documents without first getting advice from a qualified attorney.
How to Hold the Responsible Party Liable for Your Injuries
Under Illinois law, liability for an auto accident must be established under the state’s comparative negligence standard. In order to prove negligence, your car accident lawyer will need to be able to prove that another party (typically another driver) did something unsafe, and that those unsafe actions contributed to your accident. Some of the most common examples of driver negligence in a car accident claim include:
- Running a red light;
- Running a stop sign;
- Failure to maintain lane integrity;
- Unsafe lane changes;
- Following too closely;
- Distracted driving; and
- Intoxicated driving.
You Deserve Fair Compensation
If you were hurt in an Illinois auto accident, you are legally entitled to recover full financial compensation from the at-fault party. However, sadly, the big insurance companies work hard to undervalue cases, sometimes even denying wholly valid legal claims. Our firm fights on behalf of accident victims. We can hold these insurance companies accountable. Depending on the specific circumstances of your crash, we can help you seek compensation for:
- Vehicle repairs;
- All medical expenses;
- Lost current and future wages;
- Short-term and long-term disability;
- Pain and suffering;
- Mental distress;
- Loss of limb; and
- Loss of life enjoyment.
Contact Our Illinois Car Accident Lawyers Today
At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, we have helped many injured auto accident victims recover full compensation for their losses. If you were hurt in a crash in Illinois, please do not hesitate to contact our team today at (314) 720-8714 to schedule a free, no obligation review of your case. We proudly fight for the rights of victims throughout the state, including in Joliet, Alton and O’Fallon.