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How to react after a car accident

Even the smallest car accident can rattle an individual. In some cases, collisions may result in personal injury or property damage. That's why it's important to accurately determine the severity of the injuries or damage. Someone who is involved in an accident in Illinois is urged to stay calm. While this may seem difficult, it will help one assess the situation and help others if necessary.

The first step after an accident is to call for help if anyone looks to be injured. Individuals at a crash scene should only attempt to move their vehicles if it would be dangerous to leave them where they are. Otherwise, they shouldn't touch anything until the police arrive. Those who are involved in an accident should take pictures or other notes before the police get to the scene. This will help ensure accurate documentation.

It is always a good idea to cooperate with the police at the site of an accident. Any driver who was involved in the accident should give a statement and provide information about their physical condition. However, it is rarely a good idea to sign anything without reading and understanding it first. An attorney may be able to review documents before they are signed.

Someone who has been hurt in an accident may benefit from working with a personal injury attorney. Doing so may make it easier to obtain a favorable settlement. Compensation may be available to help pay for medical bills, lost wages and property that was lost or damaged in an accident. An attorney could explain how statutes of limitations may impact a case and how filing a lawsuit could protect one's rights in the future.

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