If you are in a car accident in Illinois, there are certain steps you may need to take to ensure that you have the necessary evidence regarding what happened in the accident and who was at fault. This can be important in terms of who receives compensation to cover property damage and medical bills.
If anyone is injured in the accident, the most important step is for people to get the medical care that they need. However, if possible, it is a good idea to get the names and contact information of everyone involved in the accident and any witnesses. Photographs can help as evidence. As soon as possible after the accident, you should write your account of what happened. If you have injuries, you should take photos of them. You can also keep a log about your physical recovery and your visits to medical professionals. In addition, keep copies of all your medical bills and records.
It may be necessary to file a motor vehicle accidents report with the Illinois Department of Transportation within 10 days if people were injured or died or if there was property damage above a certain amount. This must be made by the driver if the driver is able to do so. There might also be a police report that can be used as evidence, which you can get a copy of.
Working with an attorney after a motor vehicle accident can help you understand your rights and obligations and assist you in working with insurance companies to get the compensation that you are due. This can be particularly helpful if there is a dispute about how the accident occurred or the cause and severity of your injuries. In some cases, it might be necessary to file a lawsuit, and an attorney might be able to help you with this as well.