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Things to consider if collision results in injury

While it's natural to assume that if you adhere to all traffic and safety regulations while driving, you'll likely arrive safely to your destination. In reality, there is really no way to predict the ultimate outcome of any road trip you might take. Numerous dangers may lurk nearby without you even knowing. No matter how alert or cautious you are behind the wheel, another person's negligence can place you at immediate risk for injury.

If you're one of many Illinois motorists who have suffered injury in a car accident that another driver caused, you will likely have a lot on your mind as you recover. The emotional trauma of such situations is often difficult to bear. If you remember the accident, it may replay itself over and over again in your mind. Beyond that, you may have to think about taking time off work, seeking auto repair for your vehicle and obtaining appropriate follow-up support regarding your injuries.

Should you seek compensation for damages?

Another topic that might be on your mind following a motor vehicle accident is whether or not you should seek legal accountability against the driver who caused the collision. The following list includes information that may help you determine the best course of action in your particular situation:

  • Was the accident preventable? If the main factor of the crash was the other driver's negligence, then chances are the collision would not have occurred were it not for that person's distraction, intoxication or whatever underlying issue may have led to negligence.
  • Even minor injuries can adversely affect your health. It's no secret that medical care is expensive. You may have been completely unprepared to meet the expenses associated with your accident. There's no reason you should have to bear the full financial strain of a collision that was likely preventable.
  • When a person files an injury claim to seek compensation for damages against a negligent motorist, the burden of proof lies with the plaintiff. The more evidence you can show, including photos and documentation of the damages you suffered, the higher the chances that you will be able to substantiate a personal injury claim in court.

Some Illinois accident victims are reluctant to pursue legal accountability against negligent drivers because they know how stressful litigation can be. If you know where to seek support, you don't have to go it alone. In fact, post-collision support teams often include several people or groups, such as medical professionals, licensed counselors and experienced personal injury attorneys.

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