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Steps to Take (And Avoid) After a Car Accident

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Car Accidents in New York

Car accidents are frightening for everyone involved. No one wants to get into an accident that could potentially result in serious injuries and a totaled vehicle, but unfortunately, these accidents occur every day at unexpected moments. Knowing what to do (and what to avoid) after a car accident is important because it could have an impact on your ability to file a claim for compensation. Learn more below:

Go to the Hospital for an Examination

Regardless of how good you may feel after an accident, you should still seek medical attention. This is because some injuries are not always obvious or apparent in the moments after an accident due to your adrenaline levels. Just because you are not bruised or bleeding doesn’t mean you’re not injured. It’s possible, for example, that you may have sustained a brain injury that is not visible yet. The only way to know if you are suffering from internal injuries is to visit the hospital and have an examination done by a medical professional.

Use Your Phone to Alert the Authorities

After an accident, it’s important to contact the police to alert them of what happened and your location. Law enforcement will arrive at the scene of the accident to file a police report. During the reporting process, police can take statements from witnesses, any details about the damage to the vehicles involved, and more. This report will come in handy down the line when you need to file a personal injury claim in the future.

Take Pictures

If you have your phone available – and you are feeling well enough to do so – it’s beneficial to take photos of the accident scene. These pictures will serve as evidence when you file your claim. Pictures of the scene, vehicle damage and other conditions can help support your claims against the other driver who may have been at fault for causing the accident.

Avoid Saying Too Much to the Other Driver

You should limit conversation with the other driver about what happened when you’re exchanging insurance information. If you say too much, you could potentially be admitting fault when you really didn’t cause the accident.

Contact a New York City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New York

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New York? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. Proner & Proner represents clients injured because of car accidents in New York, Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and throughout New York. Call 212-500-1003 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 60 E. 42nd Street in New York City, NY 10165 as well as offices in Queens, Brooklyn, The Bronx, and Bethel, CT.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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