What should you do if you are involved in an auto accident? The attorneys at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP in Garden City, Flushing, Brooklyn, and the Bronx, NY, offer the following guidelines so you know how to respond effectively.
1. Call 911
Get police and medical help as quickly as possible. Even if you don’t feel injured, you may need medical attention. Some injuries aren’t externally visible, and symptoms might not appear for several hours or days. Having a documented medical examination immediately after an auto accident protects you physically and legally.
An on-the-scene police investigation and report will also help to establish liability and prove damages. Take pictures, document the scene, and exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver. If there are witnesses to the accident, ask if they can wait for the Police to arrive, and if they cannot, get their names and contact information.
2. Contact Your Insurance Company
Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as you can. Do not admit fault or minimize your injuries. Seemingly innocuous statements such as, “I’m sorry,” or “I feel okay,” can be used against you to reduce or defeat your claim. Only answer questions that are necessary, especially if you haven’t talked with an attorney yet.
3. Consult a Personal Injury Attorney
You need an advocate who is knowledgeable about the law to protect your legal rights and interests. Insurance companies spend large sums of money each year to avoid paying claims in auto accident cases. An experienced personal injury attorney will help tip the scales of justice in your favor.
If you’re involved in an auto accident, seek counsel from a personal injury attorney at Sackstein, Sackstein & Lee, LLP in New York City. The firm has been serving the community for over 65 years, and they respond to emergency phone calls 24 hours a day, every day. Call (888) 519-6400 or contact them online to schedule your initial consultation in Flushing, Brooklyn, Garden City, or in the Bronx. If you’re unable to travel, their lawyers and/or investigators will visit you at your house or hospital. Connect with the legal team on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about auto accident liability and defending your rights in New York.