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What to do after a car accident?

Posted by David Nemeroff | Sep 25, 2011 | 0 Comments

Car accidents happen every day on the Chicago roads. They occur more often than the average person thinks. It is reported that over 6 million car accidents occur every year in US. The scene of a car accident can make even the most experienced motorist uneasy. Police lights, noise, blaring sirens and lots of commotion. Knowing what to do after a car accident can make a tense situation easier.

Let's look at what to do after you are involved in a car accident. As a Chicago car accident lawyer, I recommend that you follow the steps below if you are involved in a car crash. Immediately, after the impact, turn off your car. Before you do anything, make sure everyone is ok. If anyone is injured, call emergency services such as 911. The next step may help with your recovery after an accident. It is necessary that you gather any relevant contact information of parties involved in the accident. The information should include name, address and phone number. You should also gather the same information from any witnesses to the accident. If possible, you should also take photographs of the accident scene. Given todays advanced technology, one can easily access a camera on their mobile device. The photographs can validate the damage to your vehicle. They can also serve as a reference point if there is any dispute regarding the accident.

You will insurance company will require you to obtain a police report. If the police will not come to the scene of the accident, you will have to go to your local police station. In many states the police will only come to an accident scene if there is an injury involved. If the police will not come, you will need to go to your local police station to make a report. Try to get all the drivers involved in reporting the accident to the police. If the other drivers will not go, you can make the report by yourself. Make sure that you are accurate and give all relevant information. Always, keep your copy of the police report. The next step is to contact your insurance carrier to report the accident. If the other driver's insurance carrier or company contacts you, give them the name and phone number of your provider.

If you have sustained injuries from the accident seek prompt medical attention. If you have a despite with your insurance company or have injuries resulting from the accident you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney. Finding an automobile accident attorney doesn't have to be difficult for you. Here are some simple tips to follow when selecting a car accident and injury attorney. Your first step should be to choose a lawyer that has extensive experience dealing with car accident cases. A good place to start is with a personal injury attorney.

Typically, car accident cases are the majority of the cases that many personal injury attorneys handle. They know the law, and will fight for you. Try to find out about the lawyers history of winning automobile cases. Are they aggressive, do they have a history of winning? When selecting a car accident and injury lawyer. Take the steps above to assist you in finding the right lawyer. This can be the difference between winning and losing your case.

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David Nemeroff

In January 2012, David Nemeroff was voted one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the entire state of Illinois (out of 83,000 lawyers) by Super Lawyers Magazine...

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