The whole point of taking a limo was so that the burden of driving was not on you. Whether you were headed to your wedding, the airport for a business trip, a loved one’s funeral, or another important event, the limo driver had the burden of getting you there safely while you focused on other things.
Unfortunately, the second your limo crashed everything changed. At that moment, you became responsible for protecting your physical and financial recoveries.
Over the past half century, the personal injury lawyers of Hupy and Abraham have helped more than 70,000 injured clients. Now, there are three things that we suggest you do after a limo accident in Illinois.
Get Medical Help
Medical care may begin at the scene of the limo crash and continue for a long term after. The specific medical care that you need will depend on your unique injuries, but could include:
- First responders. If 911 is called from the scene of the crash, then first responders will come and assess your injuries.
- Emergency room care. First responders may transport you to the hospital. Even if they don’t take you to the ER, you may still go to the emergency room on your own so that a doctor can assess your injuries and recommend a treatment plan.
- Doctors’ appointments. If you don’t require emergency room treatment, you should see your own doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries are not immediately noticeable, and prompt medical attention could keep them from getting worse.
- Hospital stays. Your injuries may require treatment and observation in the hospital.
- Surgeries. Surgery may be necessary to treat your injuries.
- Medications. Medication may be necessary to manage your pain, prevent infection, or otherwise treat your injuries.
- Rehabilitation therapies. Depending on your unique injuries, you may benefit from physical therapy, occupational therapy, or speech and language therapy.
Getting medical attention will help with both your physical and financial recoveries. A doctor’s diagnosis and treatment plan can help you physically recover from your injuries to the extent that it is medically possible. Additionally, your medical record can provide important evidence of your injuries when you pursue a lawsuit or insurance settlement.
Collect Accident Evidence
The crash may have taken you by surprise. It may be difficult to figure out who was responsible for the limo accident and what you should do next. At the accident scene, you can:
- Call the police and make sure they investigate the accident. You can request a copy of the report later.
- Get the name and license number of the limo driver.
- Get the insurance information and employer contact information of the limo driver.
- Get the name, license number, license plate number, and insurance information for all other drivers involved in the crash.
- Get the name and contact information for anyone who witnessed the crash.
- Take as many pictures as possible. Useful photos include the limo and all other vehicles involved in the crash from multiple viewpoints, the road—including signs and traffic lights—around the accident, and your injuries.
After you leave the accident scene, you can request:
- Employment records that include information about the limo driver’s qualifications.
- Information about limo driver training.
- Limo company policies and procedures.
- Limo maintenance records.
- Limo manufacturing records.
- Driver cell phone records.
Often, you will need to formally request this information through interrogatories, depositions, requests for production of documents, or other legal discovery methods.
Talk to an Illinois Limo Accident Attorney
As soon as possible after your limo crash, you can call a limo accident lawyer. Your lawyer can help make sure that you get the medical care that you need, gather relevant evidence, and fight for your fair recovery with the insurance company or in court.
Insurance companies know that Hupy and Abraham means business. Often, that makes them more willing to negotiate with us. However, if a fair settlement can’t be reached, then we won’t hesitate to fight for your full recovery in court.
Call us today to learn more about your rights and our Win or It’s Free Guarantee! We look forward to welcoming you to our Bloomington, Gurnee, or Rockford office or coming to you for a free, no-obligation consultation.