Car accidents are a reality of life. No matter how carefully you drive, you will most likely be involved in an accident someday.
If you do get into an accident, don’t be afraid. Learn what to do after a car accident, and be sure your rights are protected.
If you or your loved one was injured in a traffic accident in Chicago, Illinois, contact Grupo MedLegal’s accident lawyers.
Step One: Get Medical Attention
Immediately after an accident, you should always call for medical help if there were injuries. Even if you do not believe your injuries are severe, you should always be checked by a doctor in case you have hidden injuries or damage that could get worse over time. Grupo MedLegal’s accident doctors offer high-quality medical assistance without your having to pay a single dollar from your own pocket.
Step Two: Exchange Information
Talk to the other driver (if possible) and get his or her contact information and auto insurance information. Even if you think the accident was your fault, you should never say you are sorry or admit fault. Doing this may hurt your chances of winning a compensation for your injuries later.
Step Three: Gather Proof
If possible, you should gather all the evidence you can after a car accident. Take photos of the scene and the accident, write down the witnesses’ names, and take note of any other important facts. Although the accident investigators will sometimes help you to document the scene, it’s important for you to take your own notes in case you need them to make a claim.
Step Four: Avoid Speaking with the Insurance Company
After the accident, your insurance company and the other driver’s insurance company will get in contact with you to get information. While the insurance investigator may seem to want to help you, in reality, most insurance investigators are looking for ways to avoid paying a claim.
If you speak to an insurance company before getting a lawyer, you could hurt your case. This is especially true if you don’t speak English well, or your insurance investigator doesn’t speak Spanish. Always address your insurance company with your lawyer with questions about your accident.
Step Five: Get a Car Accident Lawyer
Whether your accident was minor or whether it caused severe injuries, a traffic accident lawyer can help protect your rights and negotiate a better settlement for you.
We will work on your behalf to determine the cause of the accident and which driver is at fault. Our medical investigators will help you to determine the extent of your injuries, and the amount of treatment that you will need in the future.
This Blog is made available by Grupo MedLegal for informational purposes only and does not provide legal or medical advice. The information provided on the Blog should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or medical advice from a licensed professional.