If you are involved in a car accident, there are some mistakes you should avoid making that could possibly effect your insurance claims for damages. The moments following an accident can be confusing. The emotional stress and the physical injuries that are experienced can seem overwhelming. The importance of staying calm and quickly gathering information will help your case when you need a car accident attorney in New York.
Sensible Steps to Take After a Car Accident
AAA states when involved in an accident, the first step is to – “quickly check with those involved in the collision to determine if there are any injuries. If medical attention is needed, call 9-1-1.” Before calling the police to file an accident report, usually a flurry of activity will follow. From a legal standpoint, you can avoid making costly mistakes by following these sensible steps after a car accident:
- Make sure everyone moves to a safe area and away from oncoming traffic. Set out a warning triangle and turn on your hazard lights.
- Exchange information with other parties involved in the accident, including names, phone numbers, addresses, insurance carrier and the policy number, and license plate numbers.
- Take photos of the accident preferably before any vehicles are moved. Be sure to photograph street markers to establish location, and also photos of damage done to all vehicles involved.
- Notify your insurance company as soon as possible following the accident to begin an insurance claim. For small fender benders where all parties have liability insurance, this may be the end of the process as you await the responsible insurance carrier to pay the bill for any damages.
When Involved in a Serious Car Accident
When a car accident has caused serious physical injury and/or auto damage, the best road to take is to seek consultation with a law firm experienced in motor vehicle accidents and personal injury. The Dearie Law Firm has over 30 years of experience in handling car accidents of all types, and understands the confusion and fear that victims face. Loss of compensation, medical bills, and most of all – dealing with the insurance company to get clients reimbursed for the emotional, financial and medical compensation they deserve.
Insurance companies will often discourage car accident victims from calling a lawyer. They would prefer that you quickly sign an agreement that benefits their client or drastically limits the amount of compensation they are required to pay. When you hire an attorney to represent your case, you will be advised on the possible value of your case. Lost wages, future medical expenses, emotional pain and suffering, and the loss of future earning ability – are additional factors that can determine the final settlement.
When you need a car accident attorney in New York, contact the Dearie Law Firm for legal assistance immediately following an auto accident. Because we represent our clients in the same manner that we would represent our own family, many of our former clients refer us to their friends and relatives when they need legal help.