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Six Things All Illinois Drivers Need to Know About Car Accident Prevention and Recoveries

Maintain your composure and know what to do after a car accidentYou can’t prevent every accident. You can’t stop another driver from causing the crash that hurt you or your child.

But you aren’t helpless. There are things that you can do before and after a crash that will make your car accident recovery easier.

Tips for Making Your Life Easier After an Accident

Whether or not you have already been in a crash, it is important to know…

  • How to request a copy of a car accident police report in Illinois. Any Illinois accident that results in bodily injury, death, or property damage of $1,500 for insured drivers or $500 for uninsured drivers must be reported to the police. It is important to get a copy of the police report for your records and to share it with your lawyer.
  • About Illinois car seat laws. Illinois has specific requirements about what kind of car seat a child should ride in from birth through at least age eight or until the child reaches 4 feet, 9 inches. If you are a parent or you have a child riding in your car, it is important to know what the law says and why so that you can keep your child safe.
  • About Illinois car insurance requirements—and what to do if you’re hurt by a uninsured driver. Illinois law requires drivers to carry a minimum amount of car insurance to protect accident victims. Unfortunately, not all drivers comply with this law, so it is important to know both what the law requires of you and what you can do if you’ve been hurt by an uninsured driver.
  • What you shouldn’t do after a crash. A mistake that you make at the accident scene could hurt your accident recovery. Accordingly, it is important to know what you can do to avoid these mistakes and get the fair recovery you deserve.
  • How to collect evidence at the accident scene. If you are physically able to collect evidence at the scene of your crash then that evidence could be helpful to your recovery. It could help prove that another driver was negligent and that you are legally entitled to damages.
  • What to do if you are in a crash with a baby or child. Your infant or young child can’t tell you that something hurts, and your child may have suffered a serious injury that you don’t know about. For this reason, it is always important to take your child to the doctor or emergency room after a car accident.

It is also important to know that you don’t have to protect your recovery on your own. Instead, you have the right to contact an experienced Illinois car accident lawyer for help. An initial consultation with our attorneys is free and our lawyers are only paid if you receive a settlement or you are successful at trial.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham