What to do When Injured in a Car Accident

Car accidents are daily occurrences which can be traumatic for all parties involved. When an accident first occurs, it may be very difficult to decide what to do. However, understanding what to do when you’ve been injured in a car accident can be key to helping you receive compensation due to you. If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident and is not sure how to proceed, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers,LLP NY. Our experienced team of personal injury lawyers can help you take the next step in fighting to win back your losses.

The first and most important step in being injured in a car accident, is seeking medical attention. Many victims of car accidents leave the scene of the accident on their own feeling fine, but days later begin to feel injury symptoms. It is always best and an important factor to your case to seek medical help immediately following your accident. And if you are unable to move, do not try to do so until help arrives.

Another important step when you’ve been injured in a car accident is preserving evidence to strengthen your case. Physical evidence is crucial and can be a deciding factor in court. If your injuries are not too severe, try your best to take photos of the scene of the accident before anything is touched or moved and while the accident is still fresh. This includes photos of the damage to your car, damage to the other car, photos of the scene itself and photos of any visible injuries or bloodied clothing. Other examples of physical evidence that will be important to collect are medical notes and records of any tests done, as well as witness statements.

Witness statements carry a great deal of weight when it comes to car accident cases. Immediately following your accident, it is important to collect as much witness information as you can before they leave the scene. This includes as much contact information as you can get, as well as statements of what the witnesses saw. The witnesses may be able to recollect important factors of the accident that you’ve forgotten. It is important to try to get the witness statements right away, while the accident is still fresh in their minds. If you let time pass, you may run the risk of not being able to contact them, or they may forget important details of the accident. Be sure to get the name, address, and telephone number of each witness.

Finally, contact a reputable attorney to represent you. Car accident cases can be very complex when it comes to determining who is at fault. Having a knowledgeable legal advisor by your side will set legal proceedings in motion faster and offer you a better at chance at claiming maximum compensation.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact the law office of Jacoby & Meyers,LLP NY today. Our experienced team of personal injury attorneys will stop at nothing to make sure your rights are upheld and you are compensated for your losses. Call us at (877) 504-5562.

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