You may wonder what happens after you’ve been in a car crash. How can you ensure an outcome that results in your best interests?
While each case is different, if you were in a car crash that resulted in personal injury, odds are that you will go through most, if not all, of these steps.
1. File a written report
if an accident results in bodily injury or death, or property damage of over $1500, you are legally obligated to file a written report with the Illinois Department of Transportation within 10 days of the accident.
2. Create a record
While the accident is still fresh in your mind, write down exactly what happened. Other details to save are the names of witnesses and any photographs of the accident or injury.
3. Get medically evaluated by a professional
Be sure to keep copies of all tests and evaluations.
4. Recover from your injuries
Take the time you need to fully recover, if you are able, from your injuries.
5. Demand compensation for accident-related costs and expenses
- Medical bills and medications
- Lost income, both current and future
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage and vehicle repairs
6. Negotiate any settlement offers
Your settlement should cover all of your expenses.
7. Enter litigation, If necessary
If you cannot reach a settlement agreement, take your case to court.
8. Achieve your goal
Receive the fair compensation you deserve to recover without financial fear.
By knowing the steps to follow after an accident that results in personal injury, you can position yourself to get the best financial outcome for your situation.