Accident Guide in Illinois

What to do After a Car Accident in Illinois

If you are involved in a traffic accident, take a few measures to ensure that everyone is safe. Stop your vehicle in a safe place, and then assist anyone who is injured and needs help. Cover the injured person with a blanket or coat to help prevent shock if they are hurt badly, but do not move that person. Moving could cause more damage. Call emergency services immediately.

Information Exchange

Be sure to exchange information with all parties involved. You'll need to get names, addresses, insurance information, driver's license numbers, license plate numbers, and vehicle descriptions for all people and vehicles involved in the accident. You'll also want to take down the names, addresses, and phone numbers of any witnesses.

Crash Reports

Each driver involved in an Illinois traffic accident must file a crash report if the accident caused a death, bodily injury, or more than $1,500 of property damage.

Many Illinois towns require law enforcement to work every accident, but if a police officer does not appear on the scene, you need to file a report with the local police department, sheriff's office, or Illinois State Police as soon as possible. If you aren't able to file the report due to injury, and you had a passenger, the passenger may file the report for you.

You must also file a report with the Illinois Department of Transportation no later than 10 days after the accident. Where you report a crash can depend on where the crash occurred. Typically you may pick up the required forms from a local insurance agent or law enforcement office, but some roads require the crash is reported to a specific department.

Failure to File a Report

If you're involved in an accident that meets the crash reporting requirements but you fail to file a report, you could be hit with fines or jail time.

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