COVID-19 Notice: Malman Law’s staff is working at office & from home so that we can do our part to fight the spread of this virus within our community.

Learn more x
Free Consultations | Tap To Call Today: 1.888.625.6265

Speak to a Lawyer 24hrs a Day

1.888.625.6265

Free Consultation, Call Now!

Infographic: Do You Know What to Do after a Car Accident?

Schedule Free Case Review

Friday, June 1, 2018

Infographic: Do You Know What to Do after a Car Accident?

Info From Your Trusted Chicago-area Car Accident Attorney

Thousands of car accidents happen on the roads of Illinois each year. While some cities are prone to higher accident rates, Chicago is surprisingly low on the list. In fact, Chicago ranks 150th for accidents, and most drivers will go eight years between collisions. In the city, a crash is 25.2 percent less likely to occur than the national average.

While you might go well over eight years without an accident on your record, or have never had an accident until now, it is important to know what you should do after a car accident. Acting appropriately could be the difference between receiving the compensation you deserve and having medical bills go unpaid.

What Are the Most Common Injuries in Chicago Car Accidents?

Car accident injuries can vary and often come down to the circumstances that caused the accident and the speeds at which each vehicle was traveling.

Types of car accidents seen in Chicago include:

  • Rollover Accidents – These can lead to traumatic injuries, including broken bones, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), internal organ damage, lacerations, bruising, amputations, and permanent paralysis.
  • Rear-End Accidents – Rear-end collisions can be just as traumatic, and in some cases victims will have chronic, long-term complications from their rear-end collision. Common injuries in rear-end accidents include whiplash, back injuries, airbag injuries, lacerations, broken bones, and bruises.
  • Head-On Collisions – Head-on collisions often lead to some of the more serious injuries because both vehicles strike at such force in the center of the collision. These accidents can lead to TBIs, internal organ damage, back injuries, nerve and spinal cord damage, lacerations, broken bones, and more.

These injuries, even minor ones, can cost you significantly. Not only will you have the initial medical treatments, but then you will have follow-up care, prescriptions, medical equipment, and other costs that only add to the total medical costs from the accident. Furthermore, you will need time off work to recover from your injuries, which means income missed as probably vacation and sick leave used up. Eventually you may run out of compensation options.

What Should You Do after a Car Accident?

The sooner you act, the easier it will be to prove your claim in court. Injury cases are based heavily on the evidence collected. The more evidence you have showing that the defendant was negligent, the more likely you are to receive the compensation you deserve.

After your accident, here are five critical steps you should take:

  1. Take Photographs – If you can, take photographs of the accident scene. This includes the area where the accident occurred, road and weather conditions, damage to both vehicles, and any injuries to yourself that are present at the accident. When your injuries are too severe, have a friend or family member take the photos for you. Even then, try to take photographs of your injuries at the hospital or home shortly after. Showing the initial injuries will help paint a picture for the claims adjuster or jury regarding how serious they were at the time of the accident.
  2. Collect Information – Write down the name of the other driver, their insurance company, and their vehicle information. If there were passengers in that vehicle, write down their names and contact information too. Then, look for witnesses at the accident scene. You do not need their official statement right away but get their name and contact information so that you or your attorney can reach them later for an official statement.
  3. Be Patient – You will be contacted by the other party’s insurance company quickly. While you might be desperate to pay medical bills or receive compensation, do not accept anything. Also, do not sign any documents from the insurance company until you have talked with an attorney.
  4. Seek Medical Treatment – Immediately after an accident, even if you do not have severe injuries, seek medical treatment. You can go to the emergency room or visit your family physician, but the sooner you receive treatment the easier it will be to prove that your injuries came from the accident. The defense will do what they can to disprove injuries or try to make it seem like your injuries are not as serious as you claim. Therefore, avoid trying to “tough it out” and make sure you are checked out immediately after the incident.
  5. Contact an Accident Attorney – While you are recovering from your injuries, meet with an accident attorney. An attorney can explain your rights, explore options for compensation, and help identify the potential defendants in your case. Furthermore, they know how to negotiate with the insurance company and are more likely to get the settlement amount you deserve.

What Compensation Could You Receive?

When you follow the steps above, you increase the chances of a successful settlement. You might ask “what is in that settlement?” Here are some of the types of compensation you could receive for your case:

  • Economic Damages – These are the basic types of damages that everyone receives because they cover tangible losses like your medical expenses, lost wages, and other out-of-pocket costs.
  • Non-Economic Damages – These damages are harder to calculate because they focus on the intangible losses such as your pain, suffering, loss of consortium, loss of enjoyment, and the permanent emotional and physical effects of a serious injury.
  • Punitive Damages – When a defendant’s behavior is unnecessarily negligent, the courts may allow for punitive damages. These do not compensate, but instead punish the defendant and serve as a reminder to the public of what will happen if they act in a similar manner.

Meet with an Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to meet with an attorney right away. Contact the accident team at Malman Law to explore your options for compensation. Schedule a free, no obligation meeting today at 888-625-6265 or request more information online.

Related Posts

Why People Choose Malman Law

You’ll want your lawyers to be this good.
You’ll want our experience on your side.
  • Icon

    Credibility & Experience

    25,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • Icon

    Track Record of Success

    25,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • Icon

    Team of Litigation Lawyers

    25,000+ Cases over 25 Years
  • img

    They area very helpful and when it come to getting things done with your case I had the pleasureof working with Jason Kellerman he was awesome I highly recommend them.

    - Britany Weaver

  • img

    I’m very pleased to recommend Malman Law to my friends and relatives! I have to mention how efficient and professional in dealing with my case has been with everyone that I’ve been in contact with at Malman Law. Mrs. Sabo is outstanding as well as her secretary and assistant in responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. This firm has gone above and beyond to keep me updated and get answers to my questions at any time, weekends included! Malman Law rules in my opinion!

    - Cheryl Wagemann

  • img

    I’ve been knowing about this Law firm for many years through friends, referrals & advertisements , never I thought I would need their services , because I believed things & situations don’t happen to me like this , long story short I was in situation that I needed help & advice!!! The right direction , I connected with the Firm & a very patient , understanding professional woman by the name of Margie assisted me in what I needed 🙂 Thank you I will refer as I was as referred as well This firm really does care !

    - Elvira G.

  • img

    I was rear-ended by a semi-truck on my way to work. I was transported to the hospital and my car was totaled. In the aftermath, Dan Petrich and Anna Schmidt from Malman Law helped me get set up with physical therapy and negotiated with the insurance companies to make sure the resulting settlement would cover my medical bills and a rental car until I could get a new car. I would highly recommend their services.

    would do everything they could for me.

    - Tony S.

  • img

    I contacted Malman Law go my work injury. So professional from my first phone call. Mr. Malman’s investigator, Dan, came right out to our home. Everything was explained in detail so I know what to expect during this process. I certainly recommend anyone ever in need of a personal injury lawyer to call Malman Law. Truly the best!! Thanks everyone!

    - Devin Jones

  • img

    Attorney Greg Lamorena was my lawyer when I slipped and fell. He kept me updated throughout the case and was always available to talk when I had questions. He is a great lawyer and could not be happier about my settlement!

    - Annie Ong

  • img

    Alexis was the attorney on my case! She kept me in the loop about everything with my case. If I had any concerns I was able to contact her and she’ll answer my questions right away. If your interested in working with Malman Law I would highly recommend Alexis she was GREAT. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need!

    - Eugenia Cathery

  • img

    They are so efficient and professional.Always available to help.Attoney Boyer was great and very good with my case.I really appreciate mailman law firm. I gave them 5 star because there is nothing higher.

    - Omolewa Snyder

  • img

    I have had an amazing experiences with Malman law so far. From the start Dan was super easy to work with, got me the medical attention I needed and fast. Couldn’t ask for better communication. Neil Kilcoyne has been nothing but the best I could not recommend a better attorney. Malman Law is a 10 out of 10 law firm.

    - Trevor Harris

  • img

    Hi I just want to acknowledge Jay McCarron, Kelly & the Firm at Malman Law for representing me as they continue to work on my case. Thanks for keeping me updated & responding quickly to any of my questions or concerns. I would Highly recommend you and your firm to friends & family. E. P.

    - Ernest Pitts

  • img

    Alexis was the attorney on my case and she was GREAT. She made sure I was updated on everything about my case. I would highly recommend Malman Law if you’re ever in need.

    - Ariel Fleming

  • img

    I had the best experience with Jason and Jay attorneys from Malman Law they really went all the way to settle my case I’m telling you there just the best!! Recommend 100%!

    - Carmen Rivera

  • img

    Adam Meadow acted as the attorney for a family member who was in a car accident. He was highly personable and actively listened to our issues throughout the litigation process. He was able to get us a settlement for the repairations of the accident. We would recommend their services!

    - Greg Gustafson

  • img

    Excellent customer service and great experience. Malman law handled the whole process and it was very smooth. The settlement was a great success. I would choose malman law again in the future.

    - Malak St.Clair

  • img

    Helped me out of a big jam when my auto was hit twice when and the other drivers had no insurance. Adam Meadow is the only Lawyer I will call for helping me an my daughter.

    - Devri Lott

  • img

    I cannot give enough praise to the team at Malman Law, for helping with my case . My children were involved in a auto collision and the attorney Adam along with his paralegal Michelle worked diligently until the matter was resolved and my entire family was happy. I would definitely recommend Malman Law for anybody going through legal troubles.

    - Adrian Lopez

  • img

    A close friend recommended me to Malman Law. I currently have a case with them due to a car accident I had and ever since the accident they have been taking care of everything for me without me having to worry about anything. They took care of the medical bills & helped me get physical therapy right away. I highly recommend them.

    - Vanessa Leon

  • img

    Bella Feinstein, Jason Kellerman, and Terry Davey, have been instrumental in helping me though many difficult situations. Not only did they work to get my mom a settlement, they have continued to help me through the legal process of relocating my mom to a different state. I’m very grateful for their hard work and good advice.

    - Nyah Vuljanic

  • img

    This law firm is the best they got me paid and meymen law kept in constant communication with me which meant a lot to me I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone who. In the position they are awesome sincerely. Jeff walker

    - Jeff Walker

  • img

    Mr. Kellerman of Malman Law shows compassion for his clients. Returns calls and emails promptly, takes time to listens to his clients and gather facts accordingly.

    - Steve Acosta

  • img

    Everyone at Malman Law made me feel welcomed and heard. My lawyer, Adam Meadow, as well as staff kept me up to date and were more than happy to do so! I would highly recommend their services. Also- a plus is many employees are fluent in Spanish. My experience was easy and worthwhile.

    - Adrianna Gomez

  • img

    Dan Petrich was the best man for my case of falling through my porch of a apartment I rented. He made sure I got what I deserved not only $ wise but medical wise and that my hospital bills and Dr bills were left at a $0 balance before closing my case. I was definitely happy and glad I choose him. Thank you. 5 stars

    - Jose Cruz

  • img

    Steve Malman helped me with my auto case. He quickly responded and answered any and all the questions I had. My case was a success as well as 2 other family members I recommended to him won their cases as well. Definitely a 5 star!

    - Meagan Cruz

  • img
    Malman Law goes above and beyond handling your legal injury case needs. From the first appointment through to the ending verdict my sister and brother in law were very happy with their case results. Highly recommended!

    - Eddie Villarreal

  • img

    I am very impressed with Malman Law and my experience with Tiffany Alberty. She was very professional and knowledgeable. I appreciate the great communication and never felt out of the loop. She was very patient and hard working on my case. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks for the hard work and all your help!

    - Madissen Miller

  • img

    Malman Law is definitely professionals and skilled at what they do. Mr. Adam Meadow always kept me informed and never hesitated to answer my questions and was open to hearing my concerns. Wouldn’t think twice about referring them to family and friends. Thank you to all at Malman Law!

    - Christina Ocon

  • img

    Mailman Law, Excellent firm!! Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie Gallegos were super efficient and knowledgeable. Great communication—very quick response and great follow up! My case was resolved sooner than expected. I highly recommend them!

    - Adriana Martinez

  • img

    So glad I contacted malman law regarding my accident. Professional and caring. Thank you Mr Malman. I most definitely recommend to anyone if you need the best to call Malman Law!!!

    - Virgil Sanner

  • img

    I really appreciated and enjoyed Yennin Calderon’s service. I called asking questions and she was so helpful. Not only did she answer all my questions and concerns. It was also a bonus that she was bilingual in Spanish! Loved the warmth she brought. Thank you!

    - Jazlyn Caraballo

  • img

    My experience with Malman Law was great. I worked with Attorney Tiffany Alberty and her assistant Margie. Both communicated what was going on with my case, explained next steps and got my case to resolved early. I would highly recommend Malman Law.

    - Ashley Jenkins

View more testimonials
img

What’s your case worth? Submit for a free case review

ALL FIELDS REQUIRED

2 years ago I was involved in a trucking accident involving a 14-wheeler truck that nearly disabled me for life. Steve fought to make sure that I received the most possible compensation for my injuries. I was about to take the insurance company’s lowball offer, but decided to call Steve first – it was the best decision I’ve made yet

NOAH TAFFELPersonal Injury Victim