What should I do after an accident?
If you get into a car accident, there are a lot of things that will happen almost right away. There may be police and EMTs and calls to insurance companies and it can all be overwhelming. Here are 10 tips of what you should do in case you are in an accident.
1 – Get immediate medical care.
The most important thing is to make sure you are ok. With the adrenaline rush of the accident and certain injuries that may not be apparent right away, you need to take care of yourself. Get medical attention right away.
2 – Call the police
You should always call the police in the event of an accident, even if there are no injuries. You will need those police reports for insurance purposes. You will also want someone who is impartial to document the events.
3 – Exchange Insurance and Registration information
You should always get basic information from people involved in an accident. Get names, address and telephone numbers, but the most important information is the insurance and registration.
4 – Obtain the names and addresses of witnesses
Besides getting information from the other people involved in the accident, you will also want to get the names and addresses of witnesses to the accident. They may be an important part of gathering all of the facts in the case.
5 – Don’t discuss the accident with anyone other than the police
When the police arrive tell them everything that has happened. If you do not remember what happened, tell them that as well. Most importantly, as the TV cliché says, just the facts. Do not embellish, speculate, guess, or worst of all, lie about the events that lead to the crash as well as anything that may have happened after the crash. It is also very important not to discuss the accident with anyone else, only the police.
6 – Do not admit fault
When relating the events of what happened, keep to the facts of what happened, but in no way, admit fault. Do not get into a conversation about the accident and cause yourself problems by saying something that you should not have said.
7 – Report the accident to your insurance company or employer
Notify your insurance company as soon as possible. Many policies require immediate notification and full cooperation. If you were driving as a part of work and you were in a company owned vehicle, contact your employer right away.
8 – Photograph the accident scene
Take as many pictures as you can. Take pictures of the site, the crash, the damage, the injuries and anything else that may be of interest. If the police are on the scene, do not get in the way of their investigation. If Emergency Service workers are on the scene, do not interfere with the work they are doing. If you cannot get pictures of the are right away, get them as soon as you can.
9 – Follow up with medical care for your injuries
Make sure you continue to take care of yourself and see whatever doctors you need to see. Make sure to document every doctors visit and keep a record of all of your expenses and bills related to the accident. This includes lost time at work.
10 – Call our office to learn if you are entitled to an award for your injuries
Things move quickly, and insurance companies want to take statements as soon as they possible can. Contact the Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel for a consultation and we can help you protect your rights. As your attorney, we can help with issues ranging from making sure you are properly compensated for your vehicle, making sure you are getting the best medical attention you can and we can make sure that those responsible are held accountable for their actions.
You can trust the dedication of Elan Wurtzel to provide your case with the focused attention it deserves. We understand that this is an uncertain time and we are committed to making the legal process as simple as possible.
Schedule a consultation to discuss the details of your case. We are located in Plainview and we proudly serve the areas of Nassau County, Suffolk County and all of New York City. Contact The Law Offices of Elan Wurtzel by calling (516) 822-7866 today.