Steps to Take When You’re in an Auto Accident

If you have been injured in a motor vehicle accident in New York City, the personal injury lawyers at Dansker & Aspromonte can help you pursue compensation for your medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, and other hardships.

Speaking with a personal injury attorney is recommended when you’ve been injured in an auto accident in NYC. At Dansker & Aspromonte, we have lawyers who can help you obtain compensation to cover your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages and other hardships you may now be facing.

It’s important that you act quickly after you’ve been in an auto accident. There are major decisions that have to be made, which is why consulting with a personal injury lawyer at Danker & Aspromonte right after an auto accident is a good idea.

Immediately after the accident

When you’ve been in a car accident, you should stop your vehicle and pull off to the side of the road, if possible. Leaving the scene of a crime is illegal in most states. Next, you should check to see if your passengers are okay and whether or not they’ve been injured. Then check the occupants of the other vehicle(s) that were involved in the accident. If it is dark, you should make your car visible by putting flares in the road, turning on your hazard light or raising your vehicle’s hood.

Each state has its own rules regarding when individuals should call the police in the event of an auto accident. However, to stay on the safe side, you should contact authorities whenever you have been in an accident. That way, the police can decide whether or not they need to be at the scene.

You should make sure to exchange personal and insurance information with the other drivers in the accident. This includes obtaining their names, addresses, phone numbers, license plate numbers, driver’s license numbers and auto insurance details. The same information should be given to the involved parties about you and your policy.

If there were witnesses at the scene of the car accident, you should try to obtain their identification information as well. Make note of what or who caused the crash and anything unusual that you noticed. Write down the condition of the weather, the speed limit, what speed you were driving, what you think the speed the other driver(s) were driving and so on. This can help you to build up a legal case if needed.

Make sure that you never admit to being at fault in an accident. This can be determined at a later date. Instead, you should ensure that you properly follow the accident procedures. Avoid signing any waivers that are offered by the driver or an insurance company.

When Police Arrive on the Scene

Once the police get to the scene of the accident, make sure to fully cooperate with them. Give up any information and details they ask for, including info about witnesses and injured parties. However, refrain from making any statements or comments that admit your responsibility for the accident. These cases can be complex, making it difficult to determine the responsible party without first having an investigation.

Ask for business cards from the police officers that arrived at the scene. You should also ask for and write down the incident number, so that you can obtain a copy of the accident report. This will be needed when you file a claim with your insurance provider. Never leave the scene of an accident until the police allow you to leave.

Right After an Auto Accident

If you are feeling even the slightest pain after an accident, it’s recommended that you see a physician. Some injuries may not show up until later on, so being examined right away can prevent severe pain and additional damage from occurring. Not seeking medical attention can be grounds for an argument for an opposing insurance company that doesn’t want to pay for injuries that have become worse since the accident. They may even claim that your injuries weren’t caused by the accident. Going to the doctor can give you medical attention and documentation to use in court.

Get in Touch with a Personal Injury Lawyer

After you set an appointment for a consultation with a personal injury attorney, make sure to bring in your auto insurance details. Speak with the lawyer before you sign any documents or checks from any insurance company. Any costs that have occurred because of the accident should be recorded and presented as well. You will also need receipts and documentation as proof. This includes car rentals, lost wages, medical expenses and more. By working with an experienced personal injury lawyer at Danker & Aspromonte Associates in NYC, you can receive the help you need to obtain compensation for losses caused by an auto accident.

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