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What to Do After a Car Accident That Wasn’t Your Fault

Posted on December 9, 2022

Vehicle accidents can be scary experiences, particularly when they are caused by another party and you have idea what to do next. Here, we want to briefly outline the steps that you can take after a vehicle accident that was not your fault. These steps are important, particularly when it comes to your well-being as well as your ability to recover compensation for your losses.

Dial 911

The first step after any vehicle accident is for you to call 911 and talk to the dispatcher. Regardless of who was at fault for the incident, the police need to come to the scene so they can properly document the incident in an accident report. Additionally, the dispatcher will send firefighters and emergency medical personnel to help control the scene and treat any injuries.

Seek Treatment for Injuries

If you or somebody in your vehicle has sustained an injury, the most important aspect of this process is seeking medical assistance. Even if you do not feel much pain after the incident occurs, please understand that many injuries may not show signs of symptoms for hours after the crash. By seeking medical care right away, you are establishing a strong link between the incident and the injuries, which will be important when it comes to recovering compensation from the other driver.

Gather Evidence if You Can

It may be possible to gather evidence at the scene of the incident, but please do not do this if you have sustained a moderate to severe injury. The priority is your health and well-being, not gathering evidence. If you or someone else is able to do so, you can use your phone to take photographs or video surveillance of vehicle damage, injuries, skid marks, debris, any causes of the crash, and any other relevant information.

If you see eyewitnesses, try and get their names and contact information written down before they leave the scene. They can later provide statements to the insurance carriers or during a personal injury trial.

Contact Your Insurance Carrier

Even if a vehicle accident in Illinois is not your fault, you need to report the incident to your insurance carrier. Your insurance carrier initially needs to know where the accident occurred and the name and insurance information of other drivers involved. Do not go into much detail when you make your initial report to your insurance carrier. Just let them know that the incident occurred and that you will be seeking medical treatment.

Contact a Vehicle Accident Lawyer

We encourage you to reach out to a skilled Chicago vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. When you have an attorney by your side, you will have an advocate with the legal experience necessary to handle this case for you. They will conduct the investigation, handle all communication with other parties, negotiate for a fair settlement on your behalf, and even take your case to trial if necessary.

Continue Medical Care

We encourage you to continue all medical treatment recommended by your doctor until you have fully recovered. If you discontinue care, even after you begin to feel better but before completing a doctor’s recommended treatment plan, this could jeopardize your overall claim regarding recovering compensation.

Stay Off of Social Media

Stay off of social media. The reality is that anything you post online, no matter how seemingly innocent, could come back to be a problem when recovering compensation through a settlement or during a personal injury trial.