Illinois residents who are involved in a car crash might want to contact an attorney, and the attorney may want to see certain documentation related to the accident. The individual who has retained the attorney should provide the information exchanged with the other driver at the scene of the accident, including contact information, along with a copy of the insurance policy and evidence of premium payments.
A person who was treated for physical injuries or the psychological effects of the accident should provide those medical records to the attorney. After an accident, people may also have to take unpaid time from work, and evidence of these lost wages will help the attorney in assessing how much it is reasonable to seek in damages in a resulting lawsuit.
Police often prepare an accident report, and if this is the case, the person should also make sure the attorney gets a copy. If a person is issued a ticket, the attorney needs a copy of this as well. Any photographs of damage to the vehicle should be provided to the attorney as well. If the insurance company requests a statement, the attorney should be advised. If the statement was given prior to retaining the attorney, the attorney should get a copy of it.
Many accidents occur due to the carelessness of another driver including actions such as texting and driving or driving while fatigued. When this is the case, a personal injury attorney could be of assistance to an injured victim in seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses that have been incurred.