Traffic accidents are some of the most common ways that people find themselves interacting with the legal system. In fact, according to a report by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, there are almost 70,000 traffic accidents every year in New York City alone. Despite the prevalence of these accidents, many people do not know the proper steps to take immediately after a traffic accident. It is important to understand that people have a legal duty to remain on the scene after an accident, so it is important not to flee. Fortunately, there are a variety of simple things people can do right after the accident occurs to ensure their own safety and to prepare for any legal consequences of the accident.