What Do I Do if I'm in a Car Accident?
After a car accident, most people are in shock. Dealing with injuries, damage to your car/your company's car, and simply understanding what occurred can take all of your emotional energy. In this mental state, it is tough to make decisions for yourself.
Insurance companies and their adjusters know this and act quickly to take advantage of it. They give false promises, telling you that you will be taken care of. Their assurances convince many people with "minor" injuries to avoid the doctor altogether, which ends up creating a significant advantage for insurance companies looking to lowball settlement offers.
Do Not Let Insurance Companies Control the Process
Instead, if you have been in a car accident, speak with an attorney at Strong Law Offices in Peoria, Illinois, about your options before you speak to anyone else. You will need to give the insurance companies some general facts, but you should never give a recorded statement or discuss liability.
Our lawyers and experienced investigators will thoroughly investigate the accident, perform diagnostic studies, interview experts and witnesses, and review medical evidence to determine what caused the accident and how much damage (property damage and physical and emotional injuries) you have suffered. Then, we will use that information to fight for fair compensation for all of your injuries.
Act Quickly to Preserve the Evidence
It is very important to act quickly to preserve the evidence in your case. Over time, road marks go away, bruises heal and witnesses' memories fade. By acting quickly to secure us as your legal team, you increase your chances of recovering a larger personal injury or workers' compensation award.
What Else Do I Do if I'm in a Car Accident?
In addition to securing an attorney, there are other steps you should take after a car accident, including:
Taking pictures at the scene of the accident, if possible
Collecting information about the other car/driver, including name, address, insurance information and license plate number
Taking down the names and numbers of any potential witnesses at the scene
Reporting the accident to the police and your auto insurance company (note: only state the facts — do not discuss fault!)
Getting medical help immediately after the accident, no matter how minor your injuries
If you were driving an employer's vehicle, reporting the accident to your employer as soon as possible
Are You an Accident Victim? Our Attorneys Can Help.
For a free consultation with an experienced attorney after a car accident, including a workplace car crash, call 1-800-234-0090. You can also contact us online. From our law offices in Peoria, Bloomington and Springfield, we represent clients throughout Illinois.
When You Have Been Injured, Get Strong — We Are On Your Side