Below we offer 5 tips for responding to the aftermath of a car wreck. Please remember: Do not in any way apologize or say you are sorry to the other driver. Doing so could be used against you. On the other hand, it’s also not a good idea to get angry or yell at the other driver. Try to remain calm and keep these pointers in mind –
1. Do not leave the scene of the crash. It’s illegal to leave the scene of the accident. You must pull over if you are able, or otherwise move the crash out of traffic if you are able. Obviously, this is not always possible. If you are able to walk and communicate, walk to a shoulder or somewhere out of the roadway. Provide the other driver(s) with your name, contact information and insurance policy information. Ask for the same from them. It’s a good idea to call the police, unless it is the most minor of fender benders. A police report is valuable.
2. Call for emergency services if anyone is hurt. Schedule a checkup with your doctor. Call 9-1-1 if anyone appears seriously injured. Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, schedule an urgent checkup with your doctor. Some injuries are not immediately apparent.
3. Document what you can at the scene. If you can do so safely, take pictures of the accident, cars, car position, damage, your injuries and the surrounding scene.
4. Keep records of everything. If police respond to the scene, make sure you get the officer’s name and badge number, in case you need that information when you ask for a copy of the police report. You should also get copies of medical reports, insurance company communication and anything else related to the crash.
5. Call our attorneys. Car accident cases in Illinois are one of our main practice areas. We can explain what your options are for pursuing justice and compensation.
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