What to do in case of an accident in Chicago

Certified Mechanics February 13, 2014
 

aWhat To Do In Case Of An Accident in Chicago

Screeching tires, crunching metal Ė itís an accident! If youíve ever been in a car accident in Chicago, even a minor one, you know how upsetting it can be. Itís hard to think straight and know what to do.

Letís review what you should do in case of an accident:

When an accident occurs, you should always stop. Leaving the scene of an accident in Chicago is considered a crime - even if itís not your fault. And hit and run penalties are fairly severe, possibly resulting in steep fines, loss of your Illinois driverís license or even jail time.

Your jurisdiction may require that you try to help someone who is injured by calling for help or performing first aid if you are able. Warn other Jefferson park and Norwood park motorists by putting out flares, using your flashers or lifting your hood. Call Chicago emergency services as soon as possible. Tell the operator if medical or fire help is needed.

Always file a Chicago police report. Itís tempting to skip this if everything seems to be ok. But without a police report, the other guy can say whatever he wants about the accident later, and youíll not have an objective report to help defend yourself. Discuss the accident only with the police. Emotions are strong after an accident and we naturally want to talk about it Ė donít. Never admit fault or guilt to anyone including the police officer. Sometimes we may feel at fault, but in the eyes of the law, the other guy is responsible.

Truthfully give the officer the facts: such as "I was going thirty miles an hour" not "I wasnít speeding". Remember, anything you say to the officer or anyone else can be used against you.

Also get the officerís name and ID number and ask where you can get a copy of the accident report.

Get the facts on the driver and owner of the other vehicle:
Name
Address
Phone number
Date of birth
Driverís license number and expiration
Insurance information
Also take down a description of the other Chicago vehicle, license plate and vehicle identification number. Most Illinois auto insurance companies donít record license plate numbers, so the VIN number is the best way to track the vehicle.

Ask witnesses, including passengers, to wait for the police. If they canít wait, ask for contact information and request that they write a brief description of what they saw. If someone refuses to leave their name, write down their license plate number so the police can track them down later if necessary. Always call your insurance agent or your insurance company. Call or see a physician if you think you may have been injured. For vehicle repairs, call Triangle Auto Service at 773-539-5858
Contact Triangle Auto Service to learn more about what do do in case of an auto accident.
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Chicago, Illinois 60618
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