3 Things that Will Help You Get Through a Car Accident

checklistThe number of auto accidents in Illinois has increased by four percent in 2013 and there are almost 1,000 traffic deaths each year.

Traffic accidents are highly correlated with population and Illinois has the fifth largest population of any state in the Union.

As such, residents of Illinois can be expected to be exposed to large amounts of traffic and potentially devastating accidents.

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The experienced auto accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers provide residents of Illinois with a checklist that includes the three most important steps to take after a car accident.

1. Insurance

Insurance cannot be obtained after a car accident. It is the type of protection that you and your family have to think about before an accident does occur. Shop around for good insurance rates and compare rates across providers.

Ensure that everyone who will be driving the vehicle is listed on the car insurance policy and that you select enough coverage to address physical damage to the vehicles involved in the accident as well as medical bills. Read the details of any policy closely, including the fine print.

Finally, make sure that you always carry a copy of your insurance card in the vehicle or in your wallet along with your license and that you exchange insurance information with anyone involved in the accident.

2. Collecting Evidence

After a car accident make sure that you collect as much evidence as possible. Take pictures, give the cops detailed information about the accident and admit nothing to the other driver or to the cops. Additionally, talk to bystanders and witnesses and get contact information from them.

When the opposing insurance company calls you to interview you for the accident, do not provide a statement and do not allow them to record it.

3. Medical Help

After a car accident the most important thing is to make sure that everyone is okay. Call for an ambulance, call 911 and ask bystanders for help .The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced time and time again that car safety features save lives. Make sure that your airbags, brakes and seatbelts are all in working condition.

Make sure that you and your loved ones are safe and are receiving appropriate medical treatment. The most important component of this is making sure that you always charge your phone so that you are never stranded after a car accident. Car chargers are a popular and easy way to ensure that your phone battery does not die during critical moments.