What should I do if I am in an auto accident?
Driving is such a routine part of our lives we tend to go through the motions without necessarily having contingency plans in place. However, car accidents are very common, and you never know what will happen in any given moment. In 2012 alone, there were a total of 5,615,000 traffic accidents in the United States, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
On this page we will provide some basic information about what you should do after a car accident.
Stay at the Scene
We will go forward under the assumption that you are physically capable of reacting after the accident. First and foremost, you do not want to leave the scene of the accident immediately. It is important to stay put until you have done everything that is necessary.
If you were to leave the scene, you could face criminal charges, so there is never a good reason to flee. This is true even if you do not think that there was any significant damage done.
The next order of business will be to assess any injuries that may have taken place. Of course you want to evaluate your own condition, but you also want to assess the condition of your passengers. You should also check on the status of people in the other vehicle or vehicles.
Call the Police
You should then make sure that you call the police so that they can file a police report, and you should take note of their badge numbers and names so that you can refer back to them later.
Exchange Contact Information
It is also a good idea to exchange relevant contact and insurance information with the other driver, but you should never admit to any wrongdoing. If possible, you should obtain contact information for any witnesses that may have stayed around after the accident.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
Your insurance company should be notified about the accident, and the other party's insurance company may contact you. However, you may want to take pause before you discuss details. If you are injured, you may be entitled to damages, and there are many different legal intricacies involved.
The wise course of action would be to discuss everything with a licensed attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney is going to be advocating your interests, and he or she will have a great deal of experience working with insurance companies. This is experience that you probably don't have as a layperson.
If you have been involved in an automobile accident in New York State or New Jersey, our firm can help. Seasoned New York City personal injury lawyer Adam Thompson has reached million-dollar settlements for victims of auto accidents, helping many survivors move toward with their lives.
To schedule your free consultation, contact us through this website or give us a call at (212) 267-2424 today.
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