Call the Bloomington Police Department
In Illinois, you are required by law to contact the police if you have been involved in a collision that resulted in a serious injury, fatality or more than $1,500 in damages. If you do not contact the police, you could be held criminally liable for failure to report an accident.
You should also contact the police after your accident for another reason. By doing so, the responding police officer will investigate your crash and create an official Illinois car accident report. Insurance companies often carefully review this 2-page document when determining who was at fault and who should be compensated.
Depending on where your accident took place in Bloomington, a police officer from the Bloomington Police Department (located at 305 South East Street in Bloomington) or a state trooper from the Illinois State Police will likely respond to your crash. Whichever law enforcement agency responded to your accident, make sure you get the investigating officer’s name and badge number. That way, you can reach them later if necessary about your accident.
Seek medical attention
Many times, you might feel fine after your car accident. But the reality is you might have a serious or even life-threatening injury and not even realize it. Such injuries can include internal bleeding, organ damage, a concussion or another type of traumatic brain injury (TBI).
Make sure you have an EMT, doctor or another medical professional examine you right away and diagnose exactly what’s wrong. If necessary, ask the police to send an ambulance so you can be transported to Carle Convenient Care Bloomington or another nearby hospital or medical center. That way, you can get the life-saving medical care you need after your accident.