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What to Do After a Car Accident

Car Accidents in New York City

According to the most recent crash statistics gathered by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were close to 305,000 car accidents in the state for the year of 2013. You might be thinking what many people wonder when they read that data: “How are there that many collisions?” The unfortunate truth is that for every responsible, careful driver on the roadways, there are probably a handful more who allow themselves to become distracted behind the wheel. With the advent of mobile phones in everyone’s pocket, the dangers of driving have gotten even worse.

With a number of collisions that high, the question has not become if you will get into a car accident but when. Knowing this, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with what to do next after being in a motor vehicle accident.

Helpful Steps for After an Accident

  1. Call the authorities: If anyone is injured or the damage is extensive, the police are supposed to be notified of the collision. Even if this is thankfully not the case, having the authorities at the scene can provide you with an official report of what happened.
  2. Exchange information: Don’t forget to do this most basic of steps that can easily be overlooked in the hectic atmosphere of a car accident. If the driver has no proper identification or insurance coverage, now would be the time to definitely call the police if you haven’t already.
  3. Collect evidence: Use your cell phone to snap pictures of the damage sustained. Don’t worry about taking too many photographs – there is no such thing. Also, if you notice bystanders watching, ask some of them to tell you what they saw and perhaps write down their testimonies.
  4. Do not admit fault: Once you say that you are to blame in any way for the accident, there is almost no shaking that accountability. Stay respectfully quiet and let the other driver do all the talking; they might actually say they are liable and save you some trouble.
  5. Seek medical attention: If you are aching in any way, even slightly, you should go to a medical professional as soon as possible to help avoid something small becoming a big problem. Just having a record of a quick checkup can be useful for evidence later as well.
  6. Contact an attorney: Most people believe that a car accident case is an open-and-close situation. This could not be further from the truth, however, as many people will swear it was not their fault, even if they strayed into oncoming traffic or blasted through a red light. To construct a case that seeks proper compensation, you need the help of a knowledgeable car accident lawyer who can explain the ins and outs of litigation to you.

At Lurie, Ilchert, MacDonnell & Ryan LLP, our New York City personal injury attorneys can guide you through this difficult process with as little stress as possible. For more than 50 years, we have been giving the people of our community top-notch legal counsel at competitive rates. To discover all that we can do for you, call 646.461.4009 to request a free case evaluation, and ask about our contingency fee agreements – we don’t get paid unless we win a settlement for you!

Categories: Car Accidents