As drivers, we all accept the harsh reality that we may be injured when we get behind the wheel.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Commission (NHTSA), there are over 6 million car crashes and over 2 million people hurt each year. When a car accident happens, protect your
safety and legal rights by taking the following steps:
Make Sure You Are Safe – If you have been badly injured, stay in the vehicle and call 911. Be prepared to tell
the police the location of the accident and request an ambulance. Do not exit your vehicle unless you are sure that you can safely get out without risking further injury from other vehicles.
If you can, move your car to a safer spot.
Call 911 – Contact the police and if it’s necessary request an ambulance for yourself, passengers, or the other
driver. Always contact the police. It is a crime not to report an auto accident and any deal the other driver offers you not to report the accident won’t be worth it in the end.
Gather Relevant Information – Write down the other driver’s name, address, phone number, driver’s license
number, license plate number, insurance company, policy number, and vehicle ownership information. Additionally, get the names and contact information for any passengers and witnesses.
Take Pictures of the Damage – Use your cell phone to take pictures of the damage to the vehicles and the
surrounding area. Also take pictures of any visible injuries such as bruises, scratches, swollen areas, red marks, or blood.
Get Medical Treatment – Even if you do not need to go to the emergency room, you should still get checked out
by your primary care physician. Many times injuries from an auto accident are not noticed until days or weeks after the accident. Even though you may feel fine now, you may be suffering from
internal injuries that could get worse the longer you wait. Make sure to tell your doctor of any complaint you may have, no matter how minor.
Do Not Talk to the Other Driver’s Insurance Company– You do not have to talk to the insurance company and you should
not. The insurance company employs professional negotiators who are trained to use a variety of tactics and trickery to ensure that they will have to pay the least amount
The numbers speak for themselves: a study by the Insurance Research Council revealed that auto accident victims received nearly 50 percent more money when represented by an attorney. If you want
to receive maximum compensation for your auto accident, then you absolutely need a good attorney by your side.
At the Law Office of Adrian Murati, our Rockford personal injury law firm will advocate for your legal rights to financial recovery for your injuries and damage to your vehicle. Call us at (815)
289-3209 to speak to a car accident lawyer about your case.