Getting to work in the morning or home from work in the afternoon is stressful enough. As you think about all of the things you have or want to do, dealing with the aftermath of a car crash is not on your list.
Unfortunately, roads crowded with many motorists are risky places. As a rush-hour traveler, we encourage you to learn about the risks, what to do if you are involved in a rush-hour crash, and how legal action may help you if you are hurt.
During both the morning and evening rush hours, accidents may happen because:
- Drivers are in a rush. They have jobs to get to on time, kids to pick up, errands to run, and they are eager to get home. Speeding and road rage may be common during these times.
- Drivers are distracted. Drivers may be thinking of everything they have to do and be less focused on the road.
- Drivers are drowsy. Drivers may have woken up too early and they may be tired on their drive into work. Other drivers may be tired after a long day at work and exhausted on their way home.
- More drivers are on the road. This leads to crowded streets and highways with less room to stop or avoid a crash.
- Sun conditions. Depending on the time of year, sun glare may be an issue during the morning or evening commute.
Crashes may also occur because of other conditions.
What to Do After a Rush-Hour Crash
The steps you take after a rush-hour crash are the same as the actions you should take after any motor vehicle crash. Immediately after the collision:
- Make sure you are safe. Put on your hazard lights and if possible, get out of the way of oncoming traffic.
- Call the police. The police can help keep you safe at the scene and investigate what happened during the crash.
- Accept medical attention. It’s critical to get medical attention even if you don’t think you were hurt. Some injuries have delayed symptoms. A doctor can diagnose any injuries, prevent them from worsening, and help you control your pain.
- Take photos. These pictures may be important evidence in your car accident lawsuit.
- Get names and contact information for witnesses. Witnesses may also provide critical information for your car accident case.
Your actions remain essential in the hours and days following the crash. During this time, you should:
- Report the crash to your insurance company. You may need to report the accident to your insurer, but you shouldn’t provide any information about the cause of the crash or the extent of your injuries.
- Continue following medical advice. Following your doctor’s orders may help with both your physical and legal recoveries.
- Contact an attorney. An experienced car accident lawyer can advise you and prevent you from making costly mistakes.
Protect Your Recovery After a Rush Hour Accident
A rush-hour accident doesn’t have to cost you a lot of money. If someone else caused your car accident, then our car accident attorneys will fight for your fair recovery of past and future:
- Medical costs
- Lost income
- Out-of-pocket costs
- Physical pain
- Emotional suffering
We encourage you to start protecting your rights today. Our Midwest personal injury lawyers have been helping injured accident victims for more than half a century. So far, we’ve helped more than 70,000 clients recover more than $1 billion in damages.
Now, we are here to help you. Insurance companies know that our car accident lawyers mean business and they are often willing to settle our clients’ claims rather than risk going to trial. However, if they won’t offer a fair settlement, we will be ready to represent you in court.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation by phone or video conference, or in person in your home, hospital room, or one of our 11 Midwest personal injury law office locations.