Five Things To Do After A Car Accident

Even though a car crash can be frightening, it is crucial to keep a cool head. After all, making the right decisions following a car crash may be the only way to protect your health and legal rights. With that in mind, here are five things to do after a car accident.

  • Stop: In New York, a hit-and-run may be considered a felony crime, punishable by jail time should the other party be injured. Therefore, you should always stop if you are ever involved in a motor vehicle accident.
  • Seek medical treatment: Whether you or anyone else has suffered an injury in the accident, you should seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, you should still visit your doctor, especially because many internal injuries are easy to overlook.
  • Call 911: If you need an ambulance, a police officer or both, you should call 911 right away. Also, do not listen if the at-fault driver tries to tell you not to get the police involved ― that driver is only trying to protect his or her own interests. In fact, you will likely need a police report for your insurance claim or a potential personal injury lawsuit. In many cases, an accurate and complete police report is essential to proving your claim, which is why it is so important for you to tell the police exactly what happened. It is also a good idea to write down your own recollection of events just in case.
  • Gather information from the scene: After an accident, you should exchange information with the other drivers involved, including names, addresses, driver's license numbers, VIN numbers, insurance providers and insurance policy numbers. You should also collect witnesses' names and contact information, especially if you believe you may need to rely on their statements later. If you have a cellphone with a camera, be sure to use it by taking photographs of both your vehicle and the other driver. If you ultimately decide to litigate your claim, the more information you can provide, the better.
  • Contact an attorney: To make sure your rights are protected after a car crash, the most important thing to do is contact a personal injury lawyer. A knowledgeable attorney can help you collect evidence, investigate the circumstances of your accident and protect you from the insurance companies.

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