Chicago, Illinois accident attorneys could be busy this week after our area was hit with ice and snow over the weekend. Usually the first few nasty snows of the season result in a lot of car crashes. It seems like every year people forget how to handle their vehicles in winter conditions and many cars are sliding all over the roads.
Here are a few suggestions if involved in a motor vehicle accident:
AT THE COLLISION SITE:
Stop, and do not leave the accident locations. Criminal charges can result from fleeing the accident site.
Make sure no one in your car is seriously injured.
Call the police to report the car crash, and let them know if anyone is injured. Make sure a police report is made, as you will need it later.
Get your car off the road (if you can do it safely).
Use your hazard lights, and flares if you have them.
Do not argue with any of the other parties involved in the accident.
Obtain information from the other persons involved (name, address, insurance information) and obtain witness info. as well.
Do not accept fault for the accident.
Talk to police, make sure to give your side of the story.
If hurt, let the police and paramedics know. Do not refuse medical care if you are in pain, and take the ambulance ride to the hospital to get checked out.
AFTER THE ACCIDENT:
Call us ASAP after the accident. The sooner we know what is going on, the better we can advise you. Call (312) 475-9596 24 hours to speak to an accident lawyer.
Seek medical treatment if you have been injured.
Do not get tricked in to giving a written or recorded statement to the other driver’s insurance company before consulting with an accident lawyer.
Report the accident to your own insurance company.
If the police never came to the scene of the accident, go to the nearest police station and make a report.
IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN AN ACCIDENT, CONTACT OUR OFFICE IMMEDIATELY, AS EVERY ACCIDENT IS DIFFERENT AND WE MAY HAVE IMPORTANT ADVICE THAT IS NOT LISTED ABOVE. Call (312) 475-9596 for 24 hour injury attorney assistance.