Most of us drive a car every single day. Although most car trips are uneventful, there is always the possibility that you can be involved in a collision with another vehicle, a pedestrian, or a stationary part of the scenery.
When you are involved in an accident because of another party’s negligence, you have the right to file a personal injury claim to seek monetary compensation for your damages. These damages can include your medical bills, your lost wages, and any other expenses associated with your injury. This final category of damages is collectively known as “pain and suffering,” and can include expenses such as a mobility aid, painkillers, and the need to hire in-home domestic help. To pursue this type of claim, it is in your best interest to work with a car accident lawyer who can help you organize your claim and negotiate with the negligent party’s insurance provider to help you secure an adequate settlement.
Often, car accidents are the result of driver negligence. Examples of driver negligence includes:
Weather can also play a role in causing a car accident, especially weather that affects drivers’ ability to see like snow and rain.
If you are involved in a car accident, pull off the road if it is safe to do so. You want to avoid causing another accident. Next, determine if anybody involved in the accident needs immediate medical attention. If so, call 911 to have an ambulance sent to the scene.
Call the local police to have an officer dispatched to the scene. This is a critical step – the officer will fill out an official police report of the accident, which you will need to support your personal injury claim later. Take as many photographs of the accident as you need to fully illustrate what happened and how and do not leave the scene until you have exchanged contact information with all witnesses to the accident and insurance information with all other involved drivers.
After leaving the scene of the accident, seek medical care in a timely manner. Do this before you start working with a lawyer; it is important to your physical recovery that you receive a diagnosis and appropriate treatment as soon as you can.
After you have received treatment, speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer about filing a claim. In Illinois, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Western Springs or anywhere else in Illinois, consider working with an experienced car accident attorney to file and pursue a personal injury claim. Through this claim, you can recover compensation for your damages and avoid facing a financial burden as a result of your accident. To learn more, schedule your initial consultation with The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey.
Thomas A. Morrissey is an experienced personal injury lawyer, trusted to protect the rights of those who have suffered an injury in the Chicagoland area.
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