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What To Do After a Car Accident

What To Do After a Car Accident

For more information, please call us at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

The following is a list of things you should do if you are involved in a car accident:

Safety First

  • If the car accident is minor, move vehicles out of traffic to a safe place.
  • Shift into park, turn off your vehicle, and turn on the hazard lights.
  • Use cones, warning triangles, or flares for added safety, if you have them.

Get Help

  • Check for injuries; call an ambulance when in doubt.
  • Call the police, even if the accident is minor. A police report can be invaluable to the claim process and help establish who’s at fault.

Collect Information

  • Gather information from others involved in the accident.
    • Drivers and passengers: names and contact information
    • Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
    • Driver’s license numbers
    • License plate numbers
    • Insurance companies and policy numbers
    • Eyewitnesses: names and contact information
    • Accident scene location and/or address
    • Police officer’s name and badge number.
  • Take photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene, if it is safe to do so.
  • Do not sign any document unless it’s for the police or your insurance agent.
  • Be polite, but don’t tell anyone the accident was your fault, even if you think it was.

Contact our office at (845) 986-2777 in the following instances:

  • Liability is not clear or is shared between or among the parties.
  • You have no idea how to evaluate your claim.
  • The adjuster has asked you to provide medical records from prior to the accident.
  • The adjuster has made you an offer and you think your claim is worth a great deal more.
  • The adjuster is offering a structured settlement rather than a lump sum payment.
  • You are not confident in your ability to negotiate a settlement on your own behalf.
  • You have a claim of lost wages that is difficult to prove—for example, you are a consultant, a business owner, a sales person, etc.
  • There are extenuating circumstances that make your claim more valuable and you don’t know how to prove your loss (for example, you’re a caregiver and can no longer take care of your husband or sick mother).
  • The insurance company has denied your claim, you believe they are incorrect in their denial, and they will not reconsider.
  • The insurance company’s settlement offer is too low.
  • You are seriously injured with significant medical bills with or without residual disability.
  • You are moderately injured with residual disability and will incur future medical bills.
  • The injured party is a minor with more than slight injuries.
  • Liability is being disputed and you believe you are not responsible or are only partially responsible for the accident.
  • It’s been almost a year since your accident, you’re not close to settling your claim, and you don’t know what the statute of limitations is in your state.
  • The circumstances surrounding the accident are complex and may require expert investigation.
  • The other party to the accident has served you with a lawsuit.

Be sure to consult with us before speaking to an insurance adjuster. Doing so will save you from making statements to the adjuster that may be damaging to your claim.

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NTSB Aims to Reduce Speeding-Related Crashes


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Rear End Automobile Accidents

Side Impact Collision

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If you or a family member have suffered a traffic accident or injury, you and/or your family member may be entitled to money damages.

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For more information, please call us at (845) 986-2777 for an initial consultation and case evaluation.

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