When involved in an auto accident or other motor vehicle accident, you can be left not only physically injured but emotionally devastated as well, especially if the collision resulted in catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one.
The Chicago car accident lawyers at Sklare Law Group understand how difficult the recovery process can be, and are committed to helping victims recover costs that may be associated with medical expenses, loss of wages, and additional damages.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Illinois, contact our Chicago-based practice at (312) 471-7777 to schedule a free consultation. For convenience, we are available to make home and hospital visits to save you the hassle of getting downtown.
What to Do After a Car Accident
Being involved in a car accident can be a frightening incident that may occur at any time. If you are involved in an auto accident, our experienced Chicagoland auto accident attorneys are here to help you in your recovery.
After an accident, it is important to remain calm and take the necessary actions needed to obtain vital information. Below is a general list of steps that one should keep in mind after an accident:
Check for Injuries
The safety of everyone that may have been involved is the top priority of any accident. Make sure that no injuries have been sustained,if anyone happens to be injured you should call for medical assistance immediately. Even if there are no visible injuries, make a point to still get evaluated by a physician for any injuries that may not be evident.
Contact the Police
When injuries are sustained, you are required to call the police. If no injuries are present, it is still advisable to call the police and file a report. The accident report may be needed for insurance purposes and may also help with your case, as it typically includes the officers’ determination of fault.
Make sure to get the other vehicles make, model, license plate, and VIN number. Most importantly, take down the other drivers insurance number, as well as their name and license number.
Obtain Witness Information
If there are any witnesses to the accident, make sure to collect their full name and all of their contact information. Witness statements can help to clarify the details with your case.
After an accident, pictures can help provide evidence of what happened and assist in determination of fault. Make sure to also photograph and document any scars, bruises, or cuts immediately, as these will heal and proper documentation will be necessary in proving their existence.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Always notify your insurance company. You are required to report an accident, even if you were not at fault.
Common Car Accident Injuries
In some cases, a car accident results in mainly damages to the vehicle. Unfortunately many times we see these wrecks result in severe injuries that are not only costly, but require long-term medical care and treatment as well. Some of the most common car accident injuries we see include:
- Back injuries
- Neck injuries
- Broken and fractured bones
- Knee injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Psychological damage
When it comes to car accident injuries, there are two broad categories: impact injuries and penetrating injuries. Impact injuries occur when a part of the body has impact with part of the car's interior, such as hitting your head against the dashboard. A penetrating injury is commonly a cut or a scrape that is often caused by shattering glass or loose objects in the car that may have hit the driver.
Depending on the severity of the injury, certain injuries may resolve themselves without medical treatment, while more serious injuries may leave behind permanent damage.
Common Causes of Auto Accidents
Even with the latest technology and safety standards in the automobile industry, car accidents are an everyday occurrence. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver error is the leading cause of car accidents across the United States. Additional causes of accidents that are common include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence
- Adverse weather conditions
- Aggressive/reckless driving
- Driver fatigue
Though not all accidents cannot be prevented, following the proper safety precautions can help reduce the risk of a collision occurring.
As the victim of an accident, you're entitled to two broad types of compensation: personal injury compensation and property damage compensation.
Personal injury compensation includes:
- Pain and suffering
- Repayment of damages for medical expenses
- Reimbursement for lost wages or other economic damages
- Compensation for loss of normal life
- Compensation for any permanent difigurement or disability
Property damage compensation includes:
- Repair of automobile
- Rental expenses
- Payment for fair market value of car if it is a total loss
- Towing expenses
- Storage expenses
Of course, every case is unique, and we cannot promise you a specific result of monetary settlement. You should arrange a free consultation to discuss your case and what compensation you can pursue.
If you or a loved one has been injured by the negligence of another, you may be due compensation. Please contact Sklare Law Group to schedule a free consultation with an experienced Chicago auto accident lawyer. We are committed to helping you receive the justice that you rightfully deserve. Call us at (312) 471-7777 to schedule your no-cost consultation today.