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The Do’s and Don’ts – After a Car Accident

Being involved in a car accident can be a traumatic experience. However, what one does immediately after the accident can have an impact on the outcome of the car accident claim.

Tips from experienced car accident lawyers at Marvin A. Cooper, P.C.:

Car Accident Protocol

The Do’s

Call the police

A police report plays an important role in making a claim later. The report proves that the accident occurred and that police were on the scene.

Seek medical attention

Seek medical help immediately following a serious accident.

Get information from the other driver

Get all pertinent information from the other driver involved in the accident, such as name, address, telephone number and insurance information, model and license plate number of the other vehicle.

Get information of witnesses

Get contact information from any witnesses. Witness’ information should be recorded before they leave the scene.

Take photographs and videos of the accident scene

Take pictures and videos of the accident scene. Evidence may be lost after the accident; it is important that the scene is photographed and videos are taken in its authentic condition.

Report the accident to your insurance company

Notify your own insurance company of the accident promptly.

The Don’ts

Don’t move the vehicle

Do not move the vehicle after the accident. The law enforcement officials should be able to see the actual point of impact for documentation.

Don’t admit fault

Do not claim fault for the accident. Sayiong that you caused the accident could be used as an admission against you.

Don’t agree to a recorded statement before hiring a lawyer

Before making a recorded statement to your insurer, contact a lawyer. A lawyer will help protect your legal interest.

Don’t agree to a settlement without legal representation

Do not agree to a settlement before discussing with a lawyer.

Contact New York City Car Accident Lawyers at Marvin A. Cooper, P.C.

The law firm of Marvin A. Cooper, P.C., has over 55 years of experience in helping car accident victims. The experienced lawyers negotiate with insurance companies and go to court if necessary to obtain the highest possible compensation for you. Call: (914) 357-8911 or (718) 619 4215 or email whc@cooper-law.com.

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