When you or someone you know is involved in an auto accident, it is important that you hire an attorney to advocate on your behalf.
Ms. Elizabeth C. Ryan has a proven track of record of successfully recovering settlements and jury awards on behalf of her clients.
When an individual is involved in an automobile accident it can result in both emotional and physical harm. Often times, insurance companies will attempt to resolve a claim by offering a small sum of money to victims of automobile accidents. That is why it is important to hire an attorney who will not only thoroughly investigate your case, but who also have the knowledge, experience and training necessary to aggressively represent you.
The circumstances surrounding the accident and the manner in which you respond to accident can substantially affect the outcome of your case.
Almost 2.5 million Americans were injured in car accidents in 2015 and in Illinois alone there are about 300,000 car accidents every year – that’s about 820 car accidents a day in our state alone. With those kinds of accident rates, you need to know what to do in a car accident before you have one. So, Attorney Elizabeth C. Ryan has compiled this “to do list” that you can read and even print out to keep in your glove compartment so that you will know exactly what steps to take to protect your rights if you are in a car accident.
- DO asses the situation: does anyone need an ambulance? If so, calling 911 is your first priority.
- DO call the police to report the accident, even if it appears that no one needs immediate medical attention.
Even if you think the accident is a minor fender-bender, having a police report may end up being the lynchpin for any legal proceedings that happen down the line. Remember that even in minor accidents where neither car at first appears to have sustained major damage, internal damages could be present that require more extensive repairs. Police will also be able to assist if the cars involved are blocking traffic or causing other problems.
- DO get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
If anyone saw the accident happen, but was not personally involved, they can still be witnesses. Even though the police may take down the information of these witnesses, it’s good to have your own copy of the information, if possible.
- DO get the name, address, phone number, and license plate number of the other driver.
Having this information handy will make processing your case much easier.
- DON’T argue with other people involved in the accident.
Don’t bother trying to get the other driver to accept blame or agree that it wasn’t your fault. Simply tell the police officer your version of events and do not engage with anyone who wants to argue with you. It won’t change the outcome of any investigations or future law suits and isn’t productive in the process of getting everyone to safety and moving on.
- DO take pictures at the scene.
If you are not injured and have time when the accident happens, take as many pictures as possible. Get close ups of damages to all vehicles involved. Get wider shots of how the cars were positioned after the accident and any key features of the area, such as traffic signs, obstructed view entries or hills, etc. If you cannot take pictures right away, don’t worry. You can return after the accident to take necessary pictures of the area.
- DO Call Attorney Elizabeth C. Ryan for immediate Personal Injury Advise at (312) 380-1089
As soon as is practical, call our offices to schedule an appointment to discuss your case with Elizabeth C. Ryan. We will help you assess the situation and take the appropriate course of legal action.
- DON’T skip the doctor.
Even if you don’t think you are injured or don’t think you are injured seriously, make an appointment to get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible. Concussions, neck injuries, and back injuries can develop over the course of a few days and can be serious if not treated. Furthermore, a doctor’s assessment may be necessary for any legal proceedings.
- DO take pictures of any of your injuries.
Whether it’s a few bruises, a gash on your head, or a broken arm, make sure you take pictures of your injuries. By the time your case gets to court, your injuries may be healed and having photos can help your case.
- DON’T speak with insurance company representatives and DON’T sign any insurance-related documents.
Insurance companies are infamous for trying to get out of paying for damages and injuries. If any of the insurance companies call you, direct them to your lawyer and turn over all correspondence to your lawyer. Ms. Ryan will determine what is safe for you to sign and when so that you don’t risk forfeiting any of your claims.
Who Might Be Involved in a Car Accident?
- Car drivers
- Truck drivers
If you fall into any one of the above categories and have been involved in an accident with a moving vehicle, call Elizabeth C. Ryan today to protect your rights.
Did You Know?
- The most likely day to be involved in a car accident is on a Friday, but the second most common day is Tuesday.
- The most likely time to be involved in a car accident is between 4pm and 8pm, but the second most common time is between noon and 4pm.
- The most common type of car accident is a rear-end accident. They constitute about 29% of all car accidents in Illinois.
- About 5% of all Illinois car crashes involve deer, which means you are about twice as likely to be involved in a car accident with a deer than you are a car accident with a pedestrian or bicyclist (combined).
When you are involved in automobile accident, it is important you take the following steps:
- Contact the police immediately. A police officer will arrive at the scene and generate a police report.
- Gather contact information of all individuals who witnessed the accident.
- Go to the emergency room or if you are unable to drive, call an ambulance immediately. The doctor will examine you and provide an appropriate course of treatment.
- Take pictures of your injuries.
- Return to the scene of the accident and take pictures.
- Do not speak to any insurance company representatives or sign any documents.
- Lastly, contact Ms. Elizabeth C. Ryan (312) 380-1089 or click HERE to email.
Here is a list of other relevant information to take into consideration in a car / vehicle / truck accident case:
- If the driver that caused the collision was exceeding the speed limit.
- If the driver that caused the accident was mentally or physically impaired.
- If the driver that caused the accident was distracted or was using their cell phone at the time of the accident.
- The weather conditions at the time of the accident.
- The time of day that the accident occurred.
- The condition of the roads and the flow of traffic at the time of the accident.
- If the driver who caused the accident was issued a citation and the final disposition of the hearing.
Ms. Elizabeth C. Ryan is willing to work on your behalf to secure the compensation you deserve.
Please call us immediately at (312) 380-1089