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 the 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.