While few people get into vehicles expecting to crash, collisions can, and often do, occur throughout New York. At The Klein Law Group, P.C., we understand that being involved in an auto accident can be a traumatizing experience, even if you are not seriously injured. As such, it may be difficult to think clearly immediately following a wreck. In this post then, we will discuss what you should do if you are involved in a motor vehicle collision.
If you have been involved in a car accident, the first thing you should do is assess yourself, as well as your passengers, to see if you have been injured. It may also be helpful to check on the occupants of any other vehicles to see if they are hurt or need assistance. Once you have taken stock of the situation, you should contact the authorities. Like many, you might think you can handle the situation yourself, however, the damages to you and your vehicle may be more serious than it seems. It is also advisable to refrain from moving your vehicle until you are instructed to do so by law enforcement.
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles points out that state law requires you to stop and exchange information with any other involved motorists after a motor vehicle collision. This includes obtaining their insurance information, as well as their names, phone numbers and addresses. Your insurance company will likely ask for these details when you report the wreck. Furthermore, it may be important to have this information in the event you decide to take legal action down the road. You may also find it helpful to obtain the names and contact information for any witnesses to the accident.
When talking to law enforcement, other drivers and passengers, and witnesses after an accident, you should refrain from admitting responsibility. This is the case even if you think you were at fault, because you could be wrong. Even something as simple as saying that you are sorry could be used against you by the insurance company, or as evidence if the matter goes to court.
For more information about your rights for pursuing compensation after a collision, please visit our car accident page.