According to the most recent crash statistics gathered by the New York
State Department of Motor Vehicles, there were close to
car accidents in New York alone 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.
Knowing this danger, you should take some time to familiarize yourself
with what to do after a motor vehicle accident. Being prepared can make
all the difference to the outcome of your case.
Steps to Take After a New York City Car Accident
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.
Exchange information: Don’t forget to do this most basic of steps that can easily be overlooked
in the hectic aftermath 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 car accident
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.
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