Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in the United States, with over 30,000 casualties annually and many more life-changing injuries. Even as regulations and technology improve, from seatbelts and airbags to texting laws, these numbers continue to rise.
Unfortunately, most people don’t know what to do when they are involved in a car accident, so we’ve composed a comprehensive list of the first 4 things you should do after you are involved in one.
While waiting for the police and paramedics to arrive, take some time to take photos and exchange insurance information with the other party if possible.
Compile any necessary information or materials your insurance company needs to file your claim. This is when those photos and exchanged information will come in handy.
If you are visibly injured at the time of the accident, you should visit a physician as soon as possible. Even if you do not feel injured immediately after the collision, you should still visit a physician as conditions like whiplash can manifest symptoms later on. Common signs and symptoms of whiplash include neck pain, stiffness and headaches.
Many reputable attorneys will offer free consultations so make sure you take the time to find the right attorney for you.
You’ve read this far—now is the time to call to receive a free consultation with one of our experienced car accident attorneys in Schaumburg and Greater Chicago Area. Our work has shown that the longer you wait to press your case, the greater leverage insurance adjusters and their attorneys have in denying your claims. We will work with you to collect evidence and develop a strategy for healing your physical and emotional pain.
In case when the other driver is not insured, you may be able to make a claim under your own insurance policy if you have an uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.
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Do I have to go to trial for my auto accident that happened in Rolling Meadows?
This is a very common question. The answer to this question has many components. First, is the seriousness of your injury. When a person is seriously injured and a substantial amount of money is being sought to compensate for the damages, many of these cases proceed to trial because that is sometimes the best way to maximize the monetary recovery.
When you have a case where the injuries are not as substantial, many times insurance company will want to delay any type of resolution to the case so that they can in part, make the claim difficult for you to pursue. In smaller type of injury claims the cost of taking a case to a jury trial is expensive. Many times doctors are required to testify regarding the scope and seriousness of injury. This is a large expense for the doctors testimony.
Our goal for each case is to maximize the recovery for the client while attempting to minimize the time it takes to obtain their recovery. However, because we fight hard for our clients if a jury trial is the best way to maximize the recovery, then we will proceed to conduct this trial.
Please remember to contact www.iamcallingmylawyer.com with any questions about a wrongful death accident claim and please remember to not delay making that call. There are strict time rules that apply.