NEW YORK – There are roughly 3-million car accidents in the United States every year. Being involved in one can be hectic and stressful, so it’s important to know what you should do if you’re involved in an accident.
Here’s a checklist:
- Put Yourself First – Check yourself for injuries like broken bones, cuts or bruises.
- Check Your Passengers – If you have others in your vehicle, check them for similar injuries. If anyone in your vehicle is injured, immediately call for medical assistance.
- Do Not Move Your Vehicle Unless Instructed By Authorities – If anyone was moderately or severely injured, police will likely need to reconstruct your crash. This process is much easier if the vehicles are not moved. Even if other drivers insist on moving your vehicle, refuse until the police have arrived.
- Contact Authorities – If anyone is injured, call 911. This service will direct the proper authorities to your crash scene. This could include police, the fire department and an ambulance service.
- Assess the Damage – NEVER leave the scene of an accident for any reasons. NEVER admit fault for an accident. Even if you believe you are responsible, there may be other factors that contributed to your accident; the other driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, or the traffic light may have malfunctioned. There are many variables that must be assessed before determining who is at fault.
It is also important to write down the license plate numbers of all other drivers involved. If for any reason a driver decides to flee from the accident scene, you will have vital information that can help police locate the other driver.
If possible, immediately take pictures of the accident scene before other drivers move their vehicles. Be sure to take photos from multiple angles and include pictures of the intersection or roadway markers. These photographs could be helpful later.
- Exchange Information With Other Drivers – Gather all the information you can. Get the names of every driver involved, and every passenger too.
- Take Notes – While you’re waiting for authorities to arrive, write down everything you can remember about the accident.
Where were you going?
What time was it?
What are the weather conditions?
Where did the incident happen?
Were there any injuries? If so, what were they?
You may need to answer these questions later, and relying on your memories of an accident can be difficult, and they’re often incomplete. A written record of what you saw and what you heard is the most accurate way of recalling these events.
WHEN TO CONTACT AN ATTORNEY
If you or any of your passengers were injured in a crash, contact a Long Island car accident lawyer at Cellino & Barnes. Our consultations are FREE and our attorneys are available 24/7 to answer your questions.
Drivers: If you were injured in a car crash and you believe the accident was not entirely your fault, our Long Island car accident lawyers can provide you with a FREE case evaluation. Hiring an attorney ensures that your legal rights will be protected.
Passengers: Regardless of who was at fault, you may be entitled to compensation for any injuries incurred as the result of a car crash. The Long Island car accident attorneys at Cellino & Barnes can protect your rights as a passenger and ensure that you are getting the best result possible.
Contact a Long Island car accident attorney today to find out what your case is worth.
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