Regardless of the severity, a car crash can leave shaken and confused. If you have sustained injuries, your attention will rightfully be focused on getting help rather than thinking about who is at fault and how they will be made to pay for the damages.
However, it is important to note that the actions you take in the minutes and days after the accident can have a huge impact on your claim. If you take the right steps, you will be laying the foundation for the strongest claim possible. That said, here are three things you need to do immediately if you are involved in a car crash in New York.
Seek medical attention even if you do not feel hurt
If you are involved in a car accident, it is in your best interest that you seek medical attention even if you do not feel hurt at the moment. Noting your injuries as soon as possible is beneficial both for prompt treatment as well as filing your injuries.
Gather evidence from the accident scene
If you are able to move around safely, be sure to take as many photos of the accident scene as you can. However, if you are hurt, ask a bystander to take the photos. Take photos of the damage to your car, the positions of the vehicles, visible injuries as well as the conditions of the roadway at the time of the accident. Besides the accident scene’s photos, be sure to get witness statements and contacts as well.
Call the police to file an accident report
According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Code, you are required to report an auto accident if there is a fatality or if property damage is in excess of $1000. Be sure to get a copy of the police report, especially if you intend to file a claim.
Life in New York is hectic in itself. The last thing you want to deal with is a car crash. If you are involved in a car accident, it is important that you know what to do immediately following the crash to boost your chances of filing a successful claim.