Things can be chaotic after a crash, injuries may be severe and emotions high. There are important things to do at the scene of the accident and soon afterward.
Think about your safety and those around you before thinking about insurance. Below is a list of things to do after an accident:-
- Stay at the Scene: Never leave the accident scene. If you leave, particularly where someone has sustained injuries or was killed, you can face penalties for hit-and-run.
- Check on Drivers and Passengers: Before assessing property damage, make sure everyone is okay. Get medical attention for anyone who needs it.
- Call the Police:Call police immediately – even if there are no injuries.
- Exchange Information:Get the names, numbers, addresses, drivers' license numbers, license plate numbers, and basic insurance information from all drivers involved. If there are passengers and witnesses, obtain their details.
- Talk to Witnesses: Ask every witness what he or she saw.
- Inform Your Insurance Company:Inform your insurance company you've been in an accident. Give them all the facts and details.
- Keep Track of Your Medical Treatment:Keep a detailed account of the treatments or medications you receive. Get copies medical bills, and related documents.
- Take Pictures: Take photographs of any damage to your vehicle as soon as possible.
- Get a Property Damage Valuation: Obtain your insurance company's damage valuation. If you aren't satisfied with how your insurance company has valued your vehicle, consult an attorney.
- Use Caution in Discussing the Incident: Don't talk to anyone about the accident other than your lawyer, your insurance company, and the police.
- Be Wary of Early Settlement Offers:Be careful if you're offered a settlement from an insurance company. Confirm all your physical injuries have been treated. Some injuries don't show up or reach their greatest level of discomfort until many days, weeks, or months later. Don't settle a claim until you know you'll be compensated for all your injuries, and consult an attorney before signing any settlement documents.
- Consider Hiring an Attorney: - If anyone was injured in the accident, it's best to consult an experienced attorney. An attorney can help you maximize your recovery if you're injured or better defend yourself if you're at fault.
If you are a victim of an accident that resulted in an injury, make sure you have a lawyer to fight for your legal right to get compensation. Marvin A. Cooper, P.C. knows how to best represent clients. We will fight for your full compensation with first class representation. We will not charge unless and until you receive compensation. We serve in Westchester, White Plains, The Bronx, Yonkers, Queens and Mt. Vernon in New York. Call us today at 914-357-8911/ 718-619-4215 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.