What Not to Do after an Injury or Accident in NY
If someone else's negligence leaves you injured in an accident, it's difficult to know what to do next. You're obviously in a vulnerable position, and because each and every accident is unique to the circumstances involved, there is no one sure path forward. There are, however, several things that no one should do after being injured by someone else's negligence, and knowing these DON'TS can help. There is also one universal DO, and that's to consult with a knowledgeable New York City personal injury attorney sooner rather than later.
Sorry, but Please Do Not Apologize
It is in our nature to be polite, and that is definitely a good thing. If someone’s negligence, however, leaves you injured, it’s not a good time to apologize. While you’re naturally sorry that the accident happened in the first place, your apology can be translated to mean that you accept responsibility for the accident, which will not do your case any favors.
Do Not Be Gabby at the Accident Scene
You’ve been injured in an accident that was caused by another’s negligence, and you may want to get your story out at the scene of the accident, but it’s not a good time. The increased stress, anxiety, and adrenaline associated with accidents can lead you to say things that harm rather than bolster your claim. When it comes to sharing at the scene of the accident, only the following are greenlighted (as applicable):
- Exchange insurance and contact information with the other motorist.
- Answer any questions asked of you by an officer at the scene as succinctly and truthfully as possible. This is not an occasion for elaborating.
- Ask for eyewitness testimonies (and obtain contact information).
- Make a mental note of every detail relevant to the accident and jot them down as soon as you’re able.
Do Not Chat with the Insurance Rep
Another person’s negligence caused you to be injured, and you’re going to be hearing from the insurance company involved. You are not, however, required to provide the insurance representative with a recorded statement – or any statement – and it’s always best to leave that to your experienced personal injury attorney.
Do Not Spread the Word on Social Media
We are all in the habit of sharing practically everything on our favorite social media platforms, but after an accident is a good time to take a break from this practice. The fact is that it’s simply too easy to miscommunicate with pithy text or photos that somehow don’t tell the story you intend them to tell. While this isn’t usually that big of a deal, it can have damaging effects when you have a personal injury claim pending.
Do Consult with an Experienced New York City Personal Injury Attorney Today
At Lipsig, Shapey, Manus & Moverman, our dedicated personal injury attorneys take great pride in our commitment to skillfully serving New York City – as we’ve been doing for the past six decades. If you’ve been injured by someone else’s negligence, our formidable legal team is on your side, so please don’t hesitate to contact or call us at 212-285-3300 today.