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Auto accidents happen fast, are never convenient, and can often be scary. The moments that immediately follow an auto accident are extremely important. Whether you are hurt or not, it’s wise to reach out to a lawyer, but when should you hire an attorney after an auto accident? The nice thing about working with a personal injury attorney like Heller, Trakhtman & Associates is that we offer a free consultation, so you can reach out to us before you financially retain our services.

What to do First After a Car Accident

The first thing is first. Do not be calling your lawyer while there are still shards of glass flying through the air. Stay calm and ensure that you or someone calls the police. Getting the police involved right away will ensure that the accident site is investigated, reports are made, and avoid secondary accidents—which can often be worse than the accident that started it.

How to Protect Yourself Legal After an Accident

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It’s not always easy, but there are some things that you will want to keep in mind immediately following an accident. Do not discuss the accident with anyone. Record as much evidence as you can.  Make sure you get medical care, even if you don’t think you were hurt. Often the shock of an accident and the adrenaline that follows can mask pain and damage.

Feel free to contact a family member to help you through this and make sure you reach out to your insurance agent—do not reach out to the other driver’s insurance agent. You just want to let them know there was an accident. Do not speak on the details of the accident including possible causes.

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When to Contact a Lawyer

Once you leave the scene of the accident, ensure that you continue your medical treatment if necessary, and document everything including lost time for work, appointments, or any other way that the accident may have affected your daily life. Do not get your car fixed yet either. Your vehicle is going to be a huge source of evidence, and fixing it can inadvertently destroy key evidence in your case. This is when you will want to speak with a personal injury lawyer too such as Heller, Trakhtman & Associates.


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For decades now Heller, Trakhtman & Associates has served the Chicago metro area and even Southeastern Wisconsin from our Deerfield, IL location. We are experts in all things related to personal injury including personal injuries that could follow an auto accident. If you were just in an auto accident, contact us right away for a free consultation!

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