What You Should Know if You're Injured in a Vehicle Accident

Last updated 1 year ago

A car accident occurs in the United States approximately every 13 seconds. Are you prepared in the event of an accident? Check out these tips for what to do if you’re ever injured in a vehicle accident.

It’s always a good idea to keep an emergency kit in your glove compartment. A proper emergency kit should include the following:

  • Cell phone and spare battery
  • Pen and notepad
  • Disposable camera
  • Flashlight
  • Warning triangles
  • Emergency flares

It is also a good idea to include information regarding any medical allergies, conditions, and emergency contacts.

Stay Safe

Vehicles involved in minor accidents should be moved to the side of the road to avoid additional accidents and injuries. Just be sure to take photographs to document the damage and initial position of any involved vehicles before moving them from the scene. If a car cannot be moved or someone has been injured, then turn on the hazard lights and set out cones to alert other drivers.

Exchange Information

There are several things you’ll need to obtain from each driver involved in the accident, including their name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, license plate number, and driver’s license number. You will also want to make a written description of the vehicles with their make, model, year, and color.

File an Accident Report

Law enforcement officers will usually provide you with an accident report following the incident; however, you can file an accident report with your Department of Motor Vehicles in the event you are not given a report or the accident does not require law officials to be present.

Contact Your Insurance Company

Once you have a copy of the accident report, you’ll need to contact your insurance provider and file a claim. Find out what your insurance covers and if you’ll be responsible for any out-of-pocket fees.

If you’re being denied monetary compensation or your insurance claim has been denied, then hiring a personal injury attorney may be your best bet. For the best legal representation services in the Chicago area, visit our personal injury lawyers with Malman Law. 


The materials available at this website are for informational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use and access to this website or any of the links contained within the site do not create an attorney-client relationship. The opinions expressed at or through this site are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of the firm or any individual attorney.

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