What To Do Post-Accident: Taking the Right Steps To Success

There were 307,550 crashes in 2011 statewide., according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Of those crashes, 1,077 were fatal. Auto accidents can be detrimental and your case may be at risk if the proper steps are not taken post-crash:

Call the Authorities

If you are involved in a severe motor vehicle accident, call 911 immediately. If you don’t have a cell phone on you and no one is around, flag down a passing vehicle. Notify your insurance company of the accident once the police arrive.

Document the Scene

Take photos of the accident and take down the contact information of any witnesses or the other driver involved, if one exists. Make sure to pay attention to any damage done to the cars involved and any injuries you may have sustained. Gather: name, address, phone number, make, model and year of the other car, license plate number, insurance carrier and insurance policy number.

Watch What You Say

Only speak to the other driver to get his or her contact and insurance information. Never take the blame for the accident, as this could be used against you in future proceedings.

Call the Right Lawyer

Insurance companies can be difficult and cannot get you the compensation you deserve for the injuries you sustained. Hire the experienced team at Jacoby & Meyers. We’ve been serving New York for over 40 years and have won over 10,000 cases, becoming one of the largest and most innovative firms in the country.

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