Illinois car crashes occur every day. We frequently see mangled and crushed cars on the side of the road as we pass by. As we drive by, we think to ourselves, “This could never happen to me.” The reality of it is that it can happen to you. The odds are high that you will at some point be involved in an Illinois auto accident at some point in your driving career.

Most people know what to do after getting in a wreck. Less widely known is the stuff you must avoid doing after a Gurnee car crash. If you have been in a wreck, follow these tips on actions you should avoid:

  • You should NOT leave the scene. The worst thing you can do after a car crash is to leave the scene. Even if the other party is not present, you should remain at the site of the crash until the police arrive. Leaving the scene can result in a ticket or even jail time.
  • You should NOT lie. Always be honest with everyone involved, especially with police. Lying will only lead to trouble and can make it impossible to win a lawsuit even if you were not responsible for the accident.
  • You should NOT accept blame. Even if you think it’s obvious you were at fault, never take blame. Leave that to the authorities to determine.
  • You should NOT lose control. Getting angry never helps any problem. It is called an accident for a reason. Most likely the person at fault did not intend to cause damage or harm to you. Making this person feel worse will benefit no one.
  • You should NOT leave the police out. Always contact law enforcement authorities. Even if the crash was minor, it is best to have the police fill out a report. This may help your case in the future.

Knowing what not to do after a wreck can save you from problems in the future. As with any wreck, it is important to seek legal guidance. For a free case evaluation, contact a Gurnee car wreck attorney from the Hupy and Abraham law firm by calling 847-625-5500 locally or 866-625-2299 toll-free from Illinois, Iowa, or Wisconsin. Just for calling, we will send you a free copy of our book, The Ultimate Guide for Automobile Accident Victims, as our way of introducing our team.

Jason F. Abraham
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Helping car accident and personal injury victims throughout Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa since 1993.