CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER ILLINOIS & MISSOURI
I've Been Injured in a motor vehicle accident, What Should I Do Now?
Motor vehicle accidents happen everyday in southern Illinois and the St. Louis Metro area. In fact, about 36,000 people die in America each year, as a result of careless or reckless drivers. At Jerome, Salmi & Kopis, we are committed to making sure you and your family are protected after an accident. Our auto accident lawyers handle cases throughout downstate and southern Illinois, as well as throughout the metro St. Louis area. After a crash, call (618) 726-2222 to speak with a skilled lawyer who can get you connected to great medical care and handle each step of your car accident claim.
How We Help Clients
Each case starts with a FREE CONSULTATION. At our firm, you will always have your first meeting with a skilled and experienced litigation attorney who has been to court many times and knows exactly how to advise you of your rights.
Next, if you haven’t already gotten the medical care you need, we will work to make sure you are getting quality medical treatment for your injuries.
Finally, we will take over all aspects of the auto insurance claim, so that you and your loved ones can get back to what matters most – your recovery.
How Much Can You Recover?
This is always a tough question because no two cases are the same. What we can tell you is that we will work to make sure any financial or physical losses you’ve suffered are fully evaluated, supported by evidence, and presented to the insurance company. We can’t promise the insurance company will always be reasonable. That’s why we stand ready to sue negligent drivers, business owners, and corporations when they hurt the public. In general, you might be able to receive compensation for things like:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Medical expenses
- Future medical treatment
- Permanent disfigurement
- Permanent disabilities
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Out of pocket expenses
- Lost income
- Impaired future earnings
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FAQs — ILLINOIS & MISSOURI MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS
After the accident, first make sure that you and your passengers are ok and safe.
If it is safe to keep your vehicle in place, then leave it in place and wait for the police to arrive. If not, and if your vehicle can be moved, move your vehicle to the closest safe area and wait for the police to arrive.
Yes. Always call 911 after an accident and wait for the police to arrive to the accident scene. Once the police arrive follow their instructions.
Yes. If you have any complaints of pain or believe you may have suffered an injury because of your accident you should seek medical treatment.
Yes. If it can be done safely you should take photographs of the damage to both vehicles and the accident scene. If you are not able to take photos at the time of the accident, then take photos of the damage of your vehicle as soon as reasonably possible.
Yes. If you have visible injuries such as cuts, bruises, or other marks, take photographs.
Yes. If you are able, ask anyone who saw your accident for their name and phone number so that they can be contacted if necessary.
Yes. Contact your own insurance company, explain the details of the accident, and follow your own insurance company’s advice.
No. There is no requirement for you to talk to the insurance company of the person that hit you.
No. There is no requirement for you to give a recorded statement to the insurance company of the person that hit you.
Yes. As time passes it is easy to forget the details of the accident, your injuries and the events occurring after the accident. Writing down these details, whether it is on your computer or a simple pad of paper can help you recall all these details later.
There are time limits for filing claims and these time limits can vary depending upon which State you were injured and the facts of your accident. Contact our firm as soon as you can after your accident and our lawyers can discuss with you what time limits may apply to your accident.
Yes. The sooner you contact our firm about your accident, the sooner we can take steps to protect your rights.
We do not recommend that you try to settle your claim by yourself. Insurance claim representatives are trained to try to settle claims for as little as possible.
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