With automobiles being the most popular form of transportation, the United States experiences approximately 6 million car accidents a year. Almost half of these accidents result in injuries to one or more of the occupants of the vehicles. While we hope you are never involved in a motor vehicle accident, knowing what to do in the situation could be the key to receiving the compensation you deserve.
The first and most important piece of advice following a car accident is to assure you seek proper medical attention. Whether you have suffered serious injuries, or are just shaken up, it is important to be examined by a medical professional. Due to adrenaline, or the nature of the injuries, the effects of a car accident may not show for hours or even days after an auto accident. That is why calling 911 should be the first call. Additionally, if another individual appears injured, do not move them. Instead, seek a medical professional immediately who can instruct the best course of action.
Once it is determined that everyone is okay, the next step should be to obtain as much information as possible. This includes getting the name, driver’s license information, and insurance information from the other driver. Now that most people carry a smartphone, this information can easily be gathered by taking pictures. Some automobile insurance companies even allow you to upload the information to them through an app to assure it is collected and not lost.
Next, it is important to take note of everyone at the scene. This may require you to take down the information of witnesses who may have seen how the accident occurred. If the police are called, you should take down the police officer’s name and badge number. This will make obtaining the police report easier. Additionally, if the police allow, it is important to listen to the statements of everyone at the scene and to take note. Even though you may not agree with the statements of the other driver or witnesses, it is important to pay attention to how they believe the accident occurred.
The last step may be to retain a personal injury lawyer who has experience handling motor vehicle accidents. Dealing with the claims process and an insurance company can be difficult and requires knowledge and experience. Retaining a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible can ensure you receive fair and just compensation for your injuries and losses.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a serious car accident as a result of another driver’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer who can advise you of your legal rights and remedies The lawyers at Levine and Slavit, PLLC assist clients in collecting the damages they need to cope with being involved in an accident on the road. For more information or to schedule a consultation with our New York auto accident lawyers, call (888) LAW-8088 or fill out our contact form.