If you have been involved in an Illinois motorcycle accident, you may be coping with catastrophic injuries and mounting medical bills. In situations like this, it’s often a good idea to contact a Chicago injury lawyer who can help you to sort through the various post-accident issues that are bound to arise. The injuries in an Illinois motorcycle accident can be devastating and you may find that you have to file a personal injury claim in order to receive adequate compensation to address your medical needs.
Immediately After an Illinois Motorcycle Accident
If you are ever involved in an Illinois motorcycle crash, there are important things that must be done at the scene. First, of course, you must ensure that any injured victims receive emergency medical attention. Even if you think that you are OK-maybe you have a few scrapes and bruises, but don’t think it’s anything too serious-it’s imperative that you do not leave the accident scene until police have arrived and tell you it is safe to leave.
Filing a police report is very important as it will contain all the details of the accident. At the same time, receiving proper medical attention is just as important, even if you think you are fine. Sometimes injuries don’t immediately manifest themselves. You want to make sure that any underlying injuries are discovered or if there are future medical problems that could arise as a result of the accident.
Gathering Information at the Scene of an Illinois Motorcycle Accident
Staying at the accident scene is also a way to get contact information of any witnesses or the other drivers involved in the crash. If you are not able to do this yourself, have a police officer get the name, phone number, insurance company, license plate number, driver’s license number and addresses of all involved parties. This includes any witnesses to the accident, as this may prove valuable to your case.
Many people carry cell phones equipped with cameras. If you happen to have a camera on you or a cell phone that can take pictures, try to get pictures of any damages, injuries and the accident scene itself.
It’s also important that at the scene of the accident, conversations and comments are kept to a minimum. Just stick to facts and exchange of basic contact information. In the heat of the moment people will sometimes make comments that can be used against them later on. It is not the time to be placing blame. Allow the police to do their work and gather the information that you need.
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As a service to the residents of Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, and Illinois in general, the Law Offices of Barry G. Doyle, P.C. will frequently publish blogs about local accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of Illinois motor vehicle accidents that can result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.
Common accidents include, but are not limited to:
— single-car accidents such as SUV rollovers;— accidents due to hazardous road conditions; and — accidents caused by distracted, aggressive, and/or drunk drivers.