Frequently Asked Questions About Car Accidents
Questions About Car Accidents
What information should I obtain from the other driver after a car accident?
While you are still at the scene of the car accident, make sure to obtain the following information:
- The names and contact information of any other drivers involved in the car accident;
- The driver’s license number, license plate number, vehicle registration, and insurance information for any additional drivers involved;
- The names and contact information of any witnesses to the car accident;
- Photos of all damage to the vehicles, as well as pictures of the accident scene (skid marks, positioning of vehicles, etc.).
Should I Call the Police?
Yes. It is always a good idea to call the police immediately following a car accident. Any New York car accident lawyer you hire would recommend the same. This will provide evidence that the car accident occurred and allow a police officer to be dispatched to the scene. Once at the accident scene, the police officer will interview all parties involved and fill out an accident report indicating who was at fault (if this can easily be determined). This accident report can significantly increase the chances of success in your car accident claim. Also, if your car accident was caused by a drunk driver, because of driver inattention or because of cellular phone use, the police officer can make a note of this fact in the report, which will be helpful if, and when, you hire an NYC car accident attorney.
It is essential to answer all of the police officer’s questions truthfully, but do not admit fault, even if you believe you may have caused the car accident.
I’m Not Sure if I’ve Been Hurt After the Car Accident. Do I Still Need to See a Doctor?
It is always a good idea to seek medical attention as soon as possible after a car accident if you believe that you may have been injured. Some common car accident injuries, such as whiplash, back injuries, or brain injuries, may take several days or even weeks to develop significant symptoms. By visiting your doctor immediately, you can ensure that you receive the treatment you need before your injuries get worse.
Seeking medical attention right away also gives you documented proof of your car accident injuries. The longer you wait, the easier it will be for the insurance company to argue that the car accident did not cause your injuries, or that your delay in seeking treatment contributed to the severity of your injuries. Ultimately, waiting too long to see a doctor can hurt your chances of receiving fair compensation for your damages.
Should I Call My Insurance Company?
Most insurance companies will require you to report any car accidents promptly. As with talking to the police, you should always be truthful when talking to your insurance company. Failure to do so can potentially void your coverage. However, it is advisable to speak with an experienced car accident attorney before providing your insurance company with any oral or written statements in connection with the accident.
While you are required to inform your insurance company of the car accident, you do not have to talk with the other driver’s insurance company. It is best to avoid contact with the other driver’s insurance company until you have spoken with a lawyer.
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What to do After a Car Accident
No one ever plans on getting into a car accident. But in a matter of moments, your routine drive to work or around town can become a life-changing event. After a car accident, it is common to feel a rush of adrenaline or experience some degree of shock, making the incident highly stressful. These situations often make it difficult to think clearly. Unfortunately, there are some critical issues you must address immediately after a car accident. Will you know what to do?
It is a good idea to print out the following information and keep it in your glove compartment. Knowing what to do after a car accident can make a tense situation easier to handle.
Necessary Steps While You are at the Accident Scene
The first thing you should always do after a car accident is to check to see if anyone in your vehicle has been seriously injured. If so, call 911 and request medical attention immediately. Do not attempt to move someone who is unconscious or complains of back or neck pain. It is best to leave this to medical professionals so that you do not make the injury worse.
Always take down the following information from the other driver:
- Driver’s name, address and phone number
- Driver’s license number and license plate number
- Insurance information
If there are witnesses at the scene, you should take down their names and contact information as well. Do not guess at the cause of the car accident or admit fault where you are unsure of all of the factors that led to the accident.
You should also take pictures of any damage to the vehicles as well as photos of the accident scene. Photos of skid marks or the positioning of the two cars after the accident can help strengthen your case. A cell phone camera will work fine.
Call the Police
Call the police and request they dispatch an officer to the scene. When the officer arrives, he will interview all parties involved along with any witnesses, examine the accident scene, and fill out an accident report. Having a police report that indicates the other driver was at fault can significantly improve your case.
Always be truthful when responding to the police officer’s questions, but do not admit fault if you are not sure as to the cause of the accident. An admission of guilt on the police report can potentially jeopardize your ability to recover damages in a car accident claim.
Call Your Insurance Company
You are legally required to call your insurance company to report the accident promptly. Always be honest about what happened during the car accident. If you have injuries, let your insurance company know. If you are not truthful with your insurance company, they can potentially disclaim coverage.
While you must be honest, it is best not to admit fault or sign any statements without consulting an experienced car accident lawyer first.
Seek Medical Attention
You should always seek medical attention after a car accident. Go to a doctor even if you are not sure that you’ve been seriously hurt. Often, car accident injuries can take days or weeks before symptoms manifest. Visiting your doctor will ensure you receive the treatment you need before your injuries get worse.
Seeking medical attention right away also serves to document your injuries. If you wait several weeks to see a doctor, the insurance company may claim the car accident did not cause your injuries in an attempt to reduce your compensation.
Consult an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
If there were no serious injuries sustained as part of your car accident, then you most likely can deal with the insurance company yourself to receive reimbursement for the damage to your vehicle. But if you were injured during the car accident, you should consult an experienced car accident lawyer at once. The sooner you hire a lawyer, the easier it will be for your lawyer to build your case while evidence is fresh and witnesses remember the incident. Your lawyer can also deal directly with the insurance company so that you can focus all of your energy on recovering from your injuries.
Please contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation. Marc S. Albert serves clients throughout the New York City metropolitan area from his offices in Astoria, Queens and Syosset on Long Island.