It is normal to feel overwhelmed and confused after a car accident, especially if the other driver is not cooperative or the accident was a hit-and-run. Despite confusing circumstances, Illinois residents still have options for legal recourse. By understanding the proper steps to take after a car accident, it is still possible to secure the financial recovery that is deserved.
Immediately after a car accident, an individual should reach out to law enforcement. Not only is this required by law for accidents causing bodily harm or more than $500 in damage, but it provides essential documentation of the accident. Reaching out to the proper authorities can lay the groundwork for a successful personal injury case at a later date.
If injured in a hit-and-run accident, it is still imperative to contact local police as soon as possible. If the license plate number of the other driver is not known, law enforcement can research records to which the public does not have access. Even in complicated situations, such as a hit-and-run accident, a victim can benefit from the guidance of a qualified lawyer in order to better understand all legal options. In addition, many attorneys have in-house investigators that may be able to assist in the identification of hit-and-run drivers.
After a car accident, a victim or his or her family may be faced with medical bills and other expenses. Insurance may deny a claim or offer an amount that will not cover all of a victim’s accident-related bills. For this reason, it is imperative that an individual contact a knowledgeable Illinois legal team as soon as possible. Our website can provide further information on this issue.
Source: illinoislegalaid.org, “What Should I Do If I Am Hurt in a Car Accident and I Do Not Know Who Hit Me“, Dec. 1, 2014