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What to Do if You Were in a Car Accident in New York

The impact of a car crash is a terrifying experience. After making sure everyone involved in the accident is okay, you probably will feel stressed about what to do next. Although you are likely feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to know what steps you should take after a car accident.

Avoid Making Statements to the Other Driver
By law, you need to exchange information with the other driver. Other than getting the name, address, and insurance information from the driver of the other car, limit your conversation. Do not make any statements or engage in an argument. If you don’t feel comfortable speaking with the other driver, call the police.

Make a Report with the Police
If anyone is injured or killed in a New York car accident, you are required by law to call the police. However, even if you don’t think you have any injuries or property damage, it is always a good idea to call 911. A police officer will arrive at the scene and write an accident report. This document will provide important information to your insurance company.

Get the Medical Care You Need
Sometimes serious car accident injuries may not be apparent right away. You might be so shaken up from the event that you don’t feel any pain. Even if you think you aren’t injured, it is a good idea to seek medical care immediately. If necessary, take an ambulance to the hospital from the scene of the accident.
Once you’ve been examined by a doctor, it is important to follow their treatment plan. The doctor may recommend you get MRIs and X-rays, go to physical therapy, see specialists or take certain prescriptions.

Document the Accident
In addition to obtaining a copy of the accident report, you will also want to take photos of any damage if possible. You will also want to get the names and phone numbers of any witnesses at the scene.

Communicate with the Insurance Company
Even if the accident wasn’t your fault, you will need to inform your car insurance company about it. They may ask for a written or verbal statement from you concerning your version of the events that took place. Before providing any statements, you should consult with your attorney.

If the other party’s insurance company calls you, refrain from speaking with them and direct them to speak with your attorney. Even when you speak with your own insurance company, you should watch what you say and avoid making any statements admitting fault.

Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you were in a car accident, you should contact a personal injury attorney immediately who can protect your legal rights and advise you of your legal remedies. A personal injury attorney can help you recover the compensation you deserve for your injuries, medical expenses, and time lost from work.

The Popick Law Firm has over thirty years of experience in obtaining compensation for thousands of car accidents victims. Located in Flushing, Queens, The Popick Law Firm handles personal injury and auto accident cases in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, as well as Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Contact The Popick Law Firm today for a consultation.