Five Things You Must Do After A Car Accident

No matter how safe a driver you may be, you are at risk of injury every time you get behind the wheel. After all, there is little you can do to prevent an accident when another driver runs a red light or decides to drive after drinking alcohol. If you are ever involved in an accident, here are five steps you should always follow:

  1. Get medical attention: The first thing you should do after an auto accident ― other than stopping of course ― is to seek medical attention for yourself and others who may be injured. Simply put, you should always talk to a doctor, even if you don't think your injuries are serious. You may have suffered injuries you are not aware of.
  2. Dial 911: You should always be wary if the other driver tells you not to call the police. In most cases, this driver is simply trying to protect him or herself. You should always call 911 as soon as possible, whether you need an ambulance, the police or both. In fact, you may need an accurate police report should you eventually file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit.
  3. Collect evidence and information: As soon as you are able, you should speak to any witnesses, write down their names and gather their contact information. If you have a cellphone with a camera, take pictures of the scene and any vehicles involved. You should also collect information from the other driver, including his or her name, address, driver's license number and insurance information. The more evidence you can collect, the better, especially if you decide to file a lawsuit.
  4. Make an accurate record: Not only you should tell police what happened ― making sure it is recorded in the police report ― but you should also write down your recollection of the accident right away. All of these facts may be necessary should the insurance company give you problems down the road.
  5. Contact an attorney: The truth is that insurance companies will use any excuse they can to refuse to pay the full amount of your damages. Fortunately, an experienced lawyer can help protect your rights and show the insurance companies you mean business.

While these five steps can often help ensure you are not taken advantage of following a car accident, it is important to remember that every situation is different. This is why it is so important to contact an attorney as soon as possible.

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At the law firm of Keogh Crispi, we can help you get the compensation you deserve for your injuries, including lost wages and money to cover your medical bills.

Contact us today and schedule a free consultation. You can reach us at 212-518-2417, or email us online. We help injury victims throughout New York City and are conveniently located just two blocks from Grand Central Station. We are available any time, day or night.