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7 Steps to Take After a Rear End Collision

Posted on in Car Accidents

rear-end collision, Waukegan car accident, Waukegan car accident lawyer, Illinois car crash, car accident injuriesRear end collisions are some of the most common types of car accidents, but while types of crashes may often seem to be minor, they can result in a great deal of damage to your vehicle and long-lasting effects to your health.

Following a rear end collision, you may have the impulse to quickly survey the damage and move on, but in order to avoid future difficulties, you should take the following steps:

  1. Check for injuries - If the drivers or passengers of any vehicles involved in the accident were injured, you should immediately call 911 to receive medical help.

  1. Call the police - You should always file an accident report with the police. Make sure to stay at the scene of the accident until the police arrive. An officer will be able to assess the situation and create an official report of the incident.

  1. Exchange information - Record the other driver’s contact information (name, address, and phone number), as well as his or her car’s license plate number, driver’s license number, and insurance information. Do not admit fault or apologize to the other driver.

  1. Get witness contact information - Witnesses to the accident can help determine who was at fault, so it is important to get their names and phone numbers so you can contact them later, if necessary.

  1. Make a record - Take photos of the accident to document any damage, and be sure to include street signs or other geographical features that can identify where the accident occurred. Write down any other pertinent information, such as possible reasons for the crash, passengers or pedestrians that were involved, or road and weather conditions.

  1. Contact your insurance company - Filing an insurance claim will allow you to cover the costs of repairing any damage to your vehicle, as well as any medical care that you may need.

  1. See a doctor - It is important to receive immediate medical care, even if you do not feel injured. Injuries from rear end collisions often have a delayed onset, so receiving a checkup can help discover any problems which may need medical attention in the future.

Contact a Lake County Car Accident Attorney

At Salvi & Maher, L.L.C., our experienced attorneys can help you understand your rights following a car accident and work with you to ensure that you receive compensation for your damages. If you have been involved in a rear end collision, contact a Waukegan car accident lawyer today at 847-662-3303 to schedule a free consultation.



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