The aftermath of being involved in a car accident can be confusing and overwhelming as the reality of what has happened may take time to settle in, especially if the accident was in no way your fault. Despite the shock and confusion, anyone involved in a car accident on the streets or highways of New York should be aware of what actions to take immediately afterwards. If proper actions are taken by victims, it can be easier to pursue a personal injury case against a driver who may be liable for the car accident.
First and foremost is the safety and welfare of everyone involved. This means anyone injured in the car accident should get the medical help he or she needs. Once medical help is secured, information should be gathered. This means getting the names and contact information of anyone involved in the accident. Getting the names and contact information of any witnesses is also recommended.
It can be easy to leave the details of an investigation to the police or responding authorities. However, that can impact a case in the future as those authorities may have missed important information or may have gotten information wrong. A victim should make sure anything included in the police report is correct. Also, a victim should get his or her own pictures of the damage and the scene.
The more information gathered by victims, the more accurate the case may be portrayed in a civil court. The high costs of medical treatment and damages means there is simply too much on the line to leave information out or take a chance of misinformation impacting a case. Our website has more information about car accident cases and what New York victims should do after an accident and what to expect as a personal injury case moves forward.