What To Do After An Accident
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What You Say and Do Matter

In the event of a car accident or any other motor vehicle accident in Chicago, there are a few things you must do to help build the strength of your legal claim.

  • Call the police: Contact emergency personnel right away. The police will be able to take statements and create a report of the accident. They can also control the scene and make sure it is safe.
  • Gather information from the other driver and witnesses: Getting contact information from those involved in the crash and those who saw the crash is vital. Evidence, including the human memory, can quickly fade away after an accident. Your lawyer must know who to contact and to make that contact soon.
  • Take pictures: If you have a camera (a cellphone camera is completely acceptable), photograph the scene. Take pictures of the damage to all vehicles and the scene in general. These pictures can become valuable evidence.
  • Seek medical attention: Getting immediate medical care is crucial. Your health is priority number one for you and the team here at Grazian & Volpe. You should go to the doctor even if you do not feel hurt. The doctor will examine you and begin the highly-important process of documenting your injuries and their severity. A personal injury claim cannot be won without proper medical records.

What To Do Next

Once you have left the scene and have received proper medical attention, the crash's legal aspects must be contemplated. Here are two important things to do:

  • Recognize that insurance companies are not on your side: Insurers are in business for one reason — money. In fact, insurance adjusters often get rewarded by their employers for saving the company money by minimizing the value of an injured person's claim. You are under no obligation to give any statement to an insurance company other than basic information like your name and address. Give no more details until you confer with counsel.
  • Hire an experienced auto accident attorney: Your ability to get full and fair compensation is limited without legal assistance. A skilled, seasoned injury lawyer can gather facts, apply the law and stand up to powerful insurance companies for you.

The steps you take after an accident are critical. One of the first things to do if you have been hurt is to get in touch with a personal injury lawyer here at Grazian & Volpe. Your initial consultation is free, and we can explain your options quickly and precisely.

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