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EXPERIENCED AUTO ACCIDENT ATTORNEY

When you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident where you were not at fault, you need a diligent, experienced attorney on your side who can help you navigate the often confusing details of insurance, liability, medical bills, and more. An attorney such as John M. Cichelero can help protect you against the predatory tactics that insurance companies use and assist you in getting the full compensation you deserve. He is experienced in representing clients injured in auto accidents in both Missouri and Illinois.

I’VE BEEN INJURED. WHAT DO I DO FIRST?

Details tend to fade with the passage of time, so you should write down as much information as you can about what happened. Keep in mind the following:

  • Do not admit fault to anyone at the scene of the accident or discuss insurance policy limit information.
  • Be sure to write down the names, phone numbers, addresses, and e-mail addresses of all occupants and witnesses.
  • If a police report was issued, try to obtain a copy from the reporting department.
  • Make sure you report the accident to your own insurance company. Some companies require that an accident be reported within a certain amount of time, and failure to do so can result in denial of coverage.
  • Take photos of the accident scene, vehicle damage, and your own injuries if possible.
  • Get a name, phone number, and policy number of any other driver’s insurance company.
  • Document all treatment providers you visited, treatment you receive, and diagnoses.

Often times, another driver’s insurance company might contact you for a recorded statement.  You do not have to give a statement. Many Missouri and Illinois attorneys advise their clients not to give recorded statements. An injured party may say something that can be used against them. Such statements may be used to attempt to reduce the at-fault driver’s liability.

If you have filed or intend to file a lawsuit, you will probably give a deposition. This is where you will provide your statement as to the accident. There are specific procedural protections that apply under Missouri and Illinois laws in depositions. These laws do not apply to recorded statements that an insurance company takes from you.

WHEN TO CALL AN ATTORNEY

Every state has its own laws as to the amount of time someone has to file a claim against someone else and protect your rights. This law is called a Statute of Limitations, and if you do not file within this timeframe, your claim may be barred forever. As such, it is imperative that you contact an attorney as soon as possible after your accident. Time is of the essence for investigating the claim, recovering evidence, locating witnesses, and more. Further, having an experienced attorney assisting you can reduce some of the stress, such as that associated with getting medical bills paid. Mr. Cichelero has 25 years of experience handling complex claims and is prepared to help you obtain the compensation to which you are entitled by law.

NO FEE IF NO RECOVERY

If you have been injured in a car, truck, or bus accident, contact attorney John M. Cichelero for a free consultation. Your claim will be handled on a No Fee if No Recovery basis. If you would like to discuss your claim with Mr. Cichelero, please e-mail or call 314-205-2886. He handles cases in St. Louis City, St. Louis County, Jefferson County, St. Francois County, Franklin County, Washington County, Lincoln County, Madison County, Kansas City, Jackson County, Greene County and any other county or city within Missouri. He also represents clients in some parts of metro east Illinois, such as Collinsville, Granite City, Alton, Edwardsville, Belleville, O’Fallon, East St. Louis, Fairmont City, Fairview Heights, and Shiloh.

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