Car accidents happen on Illinois and United States roadways every day. Sometimes, they are fairly minor and result in only exterior damage to a vehicle. In other cases, car accidents are severe and result in serious injuries for victims, such as broken limbs, traumatic brain injuries, and injuries that lead to lifelong disabilities. In extreme cases, victims die in car accidents.
If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be able to recover monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer.
When a car accident is caused by another party’s negligence, the victim may file a personal injury claim to seek compensation for any damages he or she suffered as a result of the accident. Examples of negligence that can lead to a car accident include:
If you are involved in a car accident, the first thing you need to do is pull off the road to a safe area if it is possible to do so. If you cannot safely do this, do not risk making your injury or the accident worse by moving your vehicle.
The next thing you should do is check to see if anybody involved in the accident needs emergency medical attention. If so, call 911 to have an ambulance dispatched to the scene to aid him or her. Your next call should be to local law enforcement to have an officer sent to document the accident and file an official police report. You should collect photographs of the scene, and contact information for any party who may be able to provide video surveillance of the scene. You also need to exchange insurance information with any other party involved in the accident because in Illinois, a personal injury claim must be filed with the negligent party’s insurance provider.
After you leave the scene, seek medical attention for yourself within a reasonable time frame. The sooner you receive medical care, the better chance you have of making a full recovery. Documentation showing that you sought medical attention shortly after your accident can also be important evidence to support your claim.
Once you have received appropriate medical care, speak with an experienced car accident lawyer about pursuing a personal injury claim. Your lawyer can determine the best way to move forward with your claim, which might involve bringing in an expert witness or negotiating with the negligent party’s insurance provider.
Working with a competent personal injury lawyer to pursue your case can mean the difference between recovering an appropriate settlement and having your claim dismissed. Do not underestimate the value of working with the right personal injury lawyer. To learn more and to get started on your claim, schedule your initial legal consultation with The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey.
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