According to data collected by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
(NYSDMV) in 2014, Almost 300,000 car accidents occurred throughout the
state. An unexpected car accident can be an overwhelming experience. The
sheer shock alone can leave you feeling a bit scattered and emotions can
potentially flare, causing you to potentially fail to do the right things
to recover compensation from the accident.
The following are suggestions provided by our New York car accident lawyers
on what to do after a car accident:
Take a deep breath and stay calm - Having a composure over your emotions can result in making rational
decisions in the face of adversity.
Check for injuries – No matter how severe, call an ambulance when in doubt. Also check
on the well-being of your passengers.
Get to safety – If your car is safe to drive, either pull over to the side of
the road or on the sidewalk to avoid further danger.
Notify law enforcement – Even if the accident is minor, it is a good idea to call the police
and obtain a police report. Provide a detailed account of the events that
transpired and make sure you get the name and badge number of all responding officers.
Notify your insurer – They can also explain to you exactly what they will need to process
Document the scene – Since most cellphones are now equipped with cameras, you should
take pictures of the vehicles if visible damage is evident. If you have
sustained visible injuries, you should photograph them as well.
Exchange information – While investigating police officers can obtain this information
for you, try to write down as much information as possible in the accident
- Driver and passenger names
- Insurance information
- License plate numbers
- Makes and models of all vehicles involved
- Contact information for any eyewitnesses
- Accident location
Keep a file – Maintain all your accident-related documents and information together
in a folder or put aside to store later.
Contact your attorney – Your attorney can advise you on issues such as how to obtain the
best medical treatment for your injuries and how to make sure you are
completely compensated for your vehicle and injuries.
Contact our New York car accident attorneys today to schedule your free consultation.