No one goes about his or her day expecting to be involved in a car accident. However, even though you can't predict when you may be involved in a car accident, you can be prepared for what to do in the unfortunate event that you are embroiled in one. New York residents may want to be aware of the following tips and pieces of advice about what to do immediately after a car accident occurs.
The first thing anyone must do is seek medical attention or ensure anyone who is injured gets the medical care needed. Then, it is up to you to make sure the scene is documented correctly. While you may be tempted to entrust the police to take the report correctly and get the names of witnesses, you also need to ensure a report is filed. This can be a valuable piece of evidence.
Taking notes is important. This means getting accurate names and information about how to contact witnesses so a personal injury lawyer can accurately assess what happened. Getting the name of the police officer is important also. Documenting damage is also vital as insurance companies and any legal parties will need documentation in order to assess what kind of settlement may be needed. This includes taking pictures of the damage.
No two accidents are the same and the evidence will not be the same. Documenting the ways in which your car accident may be unique and exactly what happened is the best way to achieve your best interests and ensure fairness when a settlement is determined. Our firm has more information online about how to go about ensuring a fair settlement after a car accident in New York.