Have You Been Involved in an Accident?

If you are injured in a car crash, you should try to gather as much information at the accident scene if possible. The more information you have, the more beneficial it will be for your claim, and the easier it will be to file a claim with your insurance company and increase your compensation. The first piece of information you should obtain is the other party’s car make, year, model, license plate number and vehicle i.d. number. It is also important to gather the names addresses, and contact numbers of everyone involved in the accident, as well as the driver’s insurance information. If there are any witnesses, you should get their contact information as well. Taking photos or videos of the accident will also help your claim. If you or anyone else is injured, call emergency medical services. Make sure to get the name and badge number of the police officer at the scene, and request a police report as well. If your vehicle is blocking traffic or in any travel lane, try to move it to a safe location if you are able.

There are also some things you should not do if involved in a car accident. Although you may be distressed, do not confront the other driver in a physical or aggressive manner. If the other driver flees the scene, do not follow them. You may be putting yourself and others in danger and such actions will not help your claim. Also, do not give detailed statements to anyone but law enforcement. Your attorney can speak with the negligible party’s attorney, insurance companies and adjusters on your behalf to help maximize the compensation you are owed.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP