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What to do When Hurt in a Car Accident

Feb 23, 2021

Every day, many Americans find themselves involved in collisions with other vehicles on the road. Car accidents are relatively common, but being involved in a crash can be a terrifying experience nonetheless – one that often leads to injuries. In the event of an accident, it can be challenging to know what steps to take first in order to protect yourself. Although the aftermath of a crash can be overwhelming, here are some important actions that you can take after you have been involved in a car accident.

Take a Breath and Assess your Injuries

Many people find that they are in a state of shock after a collision. After an accident, take a moment to collect your breath and assess the damages. Determine if you have any serious injuries and if you are able to safely exit your vehicle. This is especially important if your car is blocking traffic or in a perilous spot on the road. 

Call the Police

Although many people might not think to contact the police in the event of an accident, this is an important step. The police will arrive on the scene and review the damages. They can also call an ambulance if anyone has sustained serious injuries and is in need of immediate medical care. The police will also record details about the accident and write up an official accident report, which is an important document that your attorney can use to support your case. They can issue citations or make arrests of drivers who violated the law, such as by driving under the influence.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you do not think that you sustained any injuries, or if you think that the injuries that you have are not that serious, it is still important to seek a medical evaluation. Some injuries take hours or even days to present symptoms. Showing that you saw a doctor after your accident will help to provide support when you are dealing with the insurance companies, especially if some of your injuries show up days or weeks after the accident. 

Contact an Illinois Car Accident Lawyer 

Dealing with the insurance companies while trying to rest and recover from an accident can be difficult and add stress to an already challenging situation. Working with a skilled lawyer can help to alleviate much of the stress that is related to your car accident. Your attorney can provide legal guidance and manage communication with the insurance companies so that you do not have to speak with them directly. This can help to avoid any conversations that could potentially hurt your chances of recovering just compensation for your injuries. 

Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Without Delay

If you have been injured in a car accident and think that the other party involved is at fault, it is advisable to learn more about your legal rights and eligibility for compensation. At The Law Offices of Thomas A. Morrissey, we are dedicated to advocating for our clients in the event of a car accident and injuries. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation where we can discuss the details of your situation.

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