New York City is home to some of the busiest streets in America.
Unfortunately, these busy streets often result in car accidents, which occur on a daily basis in New York City.
As a result, the team at Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, P.C. has created a quick guide to help you if you are involved in a New York City car accident.
What To Do After An Auto Accident
Knowing what to do after an accident can be very important.
Below we have listed 5 steps to take after an accident in New York City.
1.) Get Off The Road & Out Of Danger
A car accident can be a stressful situation. Many accidents induce a certain level of shock and it is often very difficult to think clearly.
However, it is important to move your vehicle off of the road and out of harm’s way if possible. This is especially true for accidents that occur on the highway due to the high speed of traffic.
If you are involved in an accident in New York City you may want to pull over to a parking lane or onto a nearby street with less traffic.
2.) Check For Any Injuries
Safety should be the number one priority after an accident. After pulling off to the side of the road you should check for injuries and make sure everyone involved in the accident is okay.
If you or a passenger are injured you should call 911 immediately.
3.) Assess The Damages of Vehicles Involved
Under New York’s no-fault insurance laws, you should be able to be compensated for certain damages regardless of who is determined to be at fault.
Therefore, this is not the time to start pointing fingers and blaming other drivers.
Instead, you should remain calm and assess the damages of your vehicle, as well as any damages that other vehicles may have incurred.
If any vehicles incurred significant damage you should call the police to report the accident.
4.) Obtain Important Information
Gathering relevant information is one of the most important steps to take after a car crash.
Get Insurance Info Of Other Drivers
You will want to get all relevant information of the other driver’s insurance carrier including:
- Full Name
- Phone Number
- License Plate Number
- Insurance Company Info
Request A Copy Of Police Report
You should also obtain a copy of the official accident report from the police officer on the scene. This can be important when filing your insurance claim or in a personal injury lawsuit.
Make sure you get the officer’s name, badge number and contact information.
Take Relevant Photos
If possible, you should also take photos of the accident scene. If nothing else, you should take pictures of the surrounding scene, vehicle damage and anything else that may be relevant.
5.) Contact A Personal Injury Attorney
The process of recovering money to cover damages can be difficult and frustrating. Insurance companies may attempt to avoid paying out the compensation that you are lawfully owed.
Furthermore, it is possible that the compensation you receive from the insurance company does not cover all of the expenses and costs that you have incurred due to your accident.
Regardless of the situation, an experienced personal injury lawyer will help you analyze your situation and help maximize your chances of receiving all of the compensation that you deserve.
Resources for New York City Car Accident Victims
Fortunately, New York City provides plenty of resources to help car accident victims.
We have listed a few resources below to help you if you happen to be involved in a car crash in Manhattan.