Five Important Actions to Take After a Car Accident

A car accident happens so quickly. Certainly it’s not something you can prepare for - but it’s critical to take these steps afterwards to protect yourself.

  1. Seek medical help immediately if you are injured. You have the right to a physician of your choice. Keep records of all treatment received, medications prescribed, and medical recommendations given by the doctor.

  2. Document the accident

    • If possible, take photos of the scene (damaged vehicles, any property involved (guard rails, signs, buildings, etc), skid marks, debris and injuries).
    • Interview witnesses and get their contact information
    • Write down everything you remember from the accident. Show the position of the cars after the accident. Step off exact distances of skid marks and other important distances.
    • Get a copy of the accident report
  3. Report the accident to your insurance company Only provide the contact information for the other drivers involved.

  4. Don’t agree to sign anything or provide a statement to an insurance company. This could possibly forfeit your rights to seek further damages once the full impact of your injuries is known.

  5. Call for help. The law office of Robert Martwick can determine if you have a case and how much compensation you may be eligible to receive. Don’t accept an unfair settlement from the insurance companies - you may be entitled to more.

This is a very stressful time and we can help you determine the best course of action. We’ll fight relentlessly so you can collect the money you deserve to cover costs associated with your injury and treatment, future medical care, pain and suffering and lost earning capacity. Our law office understands the ins and outs of all types of car accident cases:

  • Another driver - drunk driver, hit and run
  • Defective product (for example defective seatbelts, tires or brakes)
  • Road conditions - poorly maintained roads, messy and confusing construction, unclear signage, improperly designed roads. NOTE: Claims against government entities have strict filing deadlines, usually as short as six months.

A car accident injury shouldn’t ruin your chance to lead a full life. The choice is yours to seek the compensation you deserve for your auto injury and send a clear message about the importance of safety for all.

Don’t know where to start? Tell us what happened. We’re here to help. And remember, you’ll pay no fees unless we win. Call (312) 332-0321 to speak directly with a Chicago car accident lawyer 24/7

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