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What do I do after a car accident in Illinois?

Car accidents are stressful for all involved and the moments afterwards can become very murky, especially if an injury occurred. Emotions will also be running high after an accident, no matter its severity, which is why you need to know what must occur following a car accident in Illinois.

One of the most important things you must do after an accident is always remain at the scene. Unless you are so severely injured that someone else removes you and takes you to the hospital, you should never flee the scene of an accident. If you do leave, you can be charged with hit-and-run.

Call 911 as soon as possible. Even if it is a minor accident, all people involved should be evaluated by emergency personnel on the scene to determine if further evaluation is necessary at a hospital. Always request for a police report to be filed and get the names and badge numbers of the responding officers.

Once 911 has been called, start checking on everyone involved in the accident. Never move a victim who has any neck pain or is unconscious. Leave these patients for emergency responders to care for. You do not want to make the situation any worse by moving someone.

Exchange necessary personal and insurance information prior to being cleared from the accident scene by law enforcement. You should record the names of all involved, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers, insurance information, phone numbers and addresses. Obtain names and contact information for all passengers in every vehicle as well.

Make sure you speak with any witnesses to the accident who stopped to help. Their information regarding the accident can be very helpful to your case. Also ask witnesses to speak with responding police officers about what they saw.

Keep track of any and all medical treatment you receive following the accident.

If you have been involved in a head-on crash in Aurora, Illinois, an experienced attorney can provide more information about how to proceed with a personal injury lawsuit.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps,” accessed May 12, 2017