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What To Do After A Car Accident In Chicago?
Most people are pretty shaken up, even after a minor fender bender. However, what you do right after the accident can make a big difference later when it comes time to pay for damages and medical bills. According to DMV.org, here are some tips to remember:
- Never admit fault. Even if you think you are to blame in an accident, do not admit that to anyone, not the other drivers, your passengers, the police or even your insurance agent. You only have one perspective of the accident, and there may have been other factors involved.
- Get medical attention. Some injuries may not be apparent right away to you as you may be in shock or have adrenaline running through your system. Get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. Keep notes and paperwork from any doctors or medical professionals you see.
- Take pictures. If you are able, take pictures or video of the accident. Almost everyone has a cell phone now, so use that to record what happened.
- Call us. If you have been injured, regardless of who was at fault, you may need representation to be fairly compensated for your injuries. Accident attorneys experienced with serious car accident cases can advise you of your rights– before you speak to an insurance carrier.
People Injured In Chicago Auto Accidents vs. Auto Insurance Carriers
When you are involved in a car accident with another party, your interests are completely contradictory to those of the insurance carrier. It is simply not in the best interest of the insurance carriers to compensate you fairly for your injuries sustained in a car accident. Insurance companies make money by taking in as much in premiums as possible and limiting payments made for each claim. Simply expecting an insurance adjuster assigned to your case to ‘do the right’ thing is only setting oneself up for disappointment when a settlement offer is extended.
Car insurance companies may even go so far as to make false statements such as, “You will not get as much money for your case if you hire an attorney.” When an insurance company makes such a claim, not only are they hoping you will resolve your case for less than what you deserve, but also such statements are completely false. In fact, a study commissioned by an insurance industry group determined that people injured in car accidents who retained an attorney received more money for their case than a person who tried to go it alone– over 350% more money for their injury case!
ACCIDENTS HURT, EXPERIENCED ATTORNEYS CAN HELP.
Do I need a lawyer?
When it comes to making this decision we ask our clients to keep in mind that defendants frequently have teams of attorneys on staff prepared to find ways to pay out as little as possible on every claim. So why not hire a team of accomplished attorneys who focus on personal injury litigation to level the playing field for you?
What is the first step I should take if I am injured?
Seek the medical attention that you need. The most important thing is taking care of your injury. Forget about the case, medical care trumps everything.
What is negligence?
Negligence is a large factor of a personal injury case. This involves someone who is careless or reckless and causes harm to another person. No one ever asks to be injured, but when one person’s negligence has significantly impacted another person’s life we are here to care about, defend and protect you. Proving negligence in a personal injury case is essential to helping our clients obtain the compensation that they deserve.
Should I accept an offer from the insurance company?
It is common for an insurance company to offer a settlement after an accident occurs. To some, the settlement may seem like a good offer but you need to understand why it is not. These insurance companies make money by offering you the least amount of compensation possible. Your case is most likely worth a lot more than what the insurance company will offer you. It is highly recommended that you never accept an offer from an insurance company without speaking to an attorney first. We can provide you with better care and compensation than any insurance company can offer.
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