What To Do After a Car Accident
Personal Injury Lawyers Help Accident Victims Recover Monetary Damages
Attorneys who focus on personal injury cases, like the ones at Leeds Brown Law, P.C., help individuals in New York City and the surrounding areas, recover compensation after being hurt in a car accident.
There are millions of motor vehicle crashes each year across our country and while many involve only property damage, nearly a third of them result in injuries to a driver, passenger or another person. Almost 2.5 million people suffered injuries from car accidents in 2015. That same year, over 35,000 individuals died in crashes on America’s roadways, an increase of over 7% from 2014.
According to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), fatalities increased in accidents during the daytime and night time and within various segments of the driving population including;
- Occupants of passenger vehicles
- Occupants of large trucks
- Males and females
An accident may be little more than an inconvenience or may alter your life forever. Whether you have damage to your car, minor or severe injuries or have witnessed the death of a friend or loved one, you may want to speak with an experienced legal professional. A personal injury attorney can help you process the events, determine who is at fault, and make a plan to move forward. You might be entitled to compensation to cover the costs of things such as vehicle repairs, medical expenses, lost wages and damages for emotional distress, pain, and suffering.
The legal professionals at Leeds Brown have extensive experience assisting with the financial, physical and emotional recoveries of accident victims in New York by providing compassionate and aggressive representation. Our firm is not afraid to face off against large insurance companies and demand fair compensation for our clients.
We can help negotiate a settlement that appropriately reflects the fair value of your damages or provide representation in a court of law if that is the course of action you choose. The collaborative and team-based approach we take to motor vehicle accident cases mean that you get the personal and professional attention you deserve. You can focus on your health, while Leeds Brown works toward securing a positive financial outcome for you and your family.
Protecting your Interests After an Accident: What Should You Do?
Immediately following an accident, there are steps you can take to preserve the facts and collect information that may be useful should you wish to pursue a claim for damages. Of course, your health comes first. If you are unable to move safely from the car because of your injuries, have someone call for emergency help immediately. Try to remain calm.
If you can, consider the suggestions below which can help ensure that you have an accurate record of your crash and injuries.
- Stop – Do not leave the scene of an accident, even if it seems to be a minor one.
- Protect yourself, the scene and others on the road by setting up flares and cones around the accident site, putting your flashers on and tying a white flag to your car. If you can, move yourself to a safe spot off of the road to avoid further injuries.
- Call the police- calling the police is important even for what seems like a minor collision with no serious injuries. When you make a claim with an insurance company, the police report can be very helpful.
- Exchange information – if the police do not respond to the accident, or as a backup, exchange all relevant information with the other vehicle driver. Get the insurance information, driver’s license, attorney, phone number, license plate number. Take down the names, addresses and phone numbers of all witnesses to the accident. If the police are there, they will get all of this information for you, and you can request a copy of the police report.
- Take pictures- Take pictures of the scene, the vehicle damage, visible injuries, weather conditions, road conditions and any other things that may be of interest later on. You can also photograph important documents, so you have an additional record to fall back on.
- Make accurate statements – Try to speak honestly and accurately keeping in mind that what you say may be referred to later in the process.
- Seek medical attention – Injuries from car accidents often do not appear for a few days. Unless you are absolutely positive that you are not hurt, seek medical help. Even low-impact car crashes can cause serious injuries to the back, neck, and spinal cord. If you experience dizziness or disorientation after an accident, you may have a concussion or other traumatic brain injury (TBI). Get checked out to avoid exacerbating your condition, and so you have an accurate record of your injuries from the start.
- Report the accident to your insurance company.
- Keep a file of everything related to the crash – Keep a copy of all doctor appointments, reports, medical bills, time away from work, lost pay, medications, insurance forms, phone calls made and contacts.
Seek Help From Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys
There are several reasons to speak with a seasoned lawyer after you get hurt in a motor vehicle accident. One is that there is a time limit to file a claim to recover damages. Every state has a statute of limitations, and once the time expires, your claim is barred. Preserve your rights by contacting an attorney right away.
Personal injury cases in New York can be complicated and challenging to navigate. There are procedural and evidentiary rules that you must follow when trying to recover damages for your injuries after a car accident. Dealing with a large insurance company can be daunting for many individuals, especially someone who is hurting. Insurance companies want to pay as little as possible and will do their best to pressure you to settle for less than your injuries warrant. Having skilled negotiators working on your behalf can help ensure your claim settles for a fair and accurate amount.
Verifying your claim may be harder than you think and lawyers who handle car accident injury cases on a regular basis have access to the resources and expert witnesses you might need. Accident reconstruction experts, medical professionals, for example, can be useful to prove someone’s fault or the extent and nature of injuries.
At Leeds Brown, we take pride in successfully representing accident victims in the New York City metropolitan area. If you or someone you love has suffered injuries from a car crash, contact our office. You may be entitled to recover monetary compensation including lost wages, medical expenses and pain and suffering. Call us for a free case evaluation and to find out more. You can reach someone in our office 24/7- 1-800-585-4658.