Steps You Should Take After Being in a Car Accident

At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, our sole focus is on helping the victims of motor vehicle accidents receive total and fair compensation.

Being involved in a car accident can be a confusing and overwhelming experience. You may have been injured, the insurance company may be asking you for information, and you may have medical bills beginning to come in.

If you were injured in a car accident, there are several steps you should take. At Apicella & Schlesinger Attorneys at Law, our sole focus is on helping the victims of motor vehicle accidents receive total and fair compensation. We can help you every step of the way. Contact us today!

What To Do After an Accident

The first thing you should do is seek immediate medical treatment. This is true even if you think your injuries are minor. It’s essential to report the accident to the police and cooperate with the authorities.

Regarding who is at fault, never discuss the fault with the parties involved, including the other driver and the insurance company.

Finally, it’s essential to maintain records of all medical bills and other expenses related to the car accident and your injuries.

Document the Scene of the Accident

It wasn’t possible to take pictures of the accident scene years ago. However, technology in modern times allows us to get photos of everything, and you should. Get photos of all the damage – the interior and exterior of the vehicle. Take pictures of the other cars involved, the road, the exact positions of the vehicles before they are moved, and any further details you can think of, even ones you might think aren’t relevant.

What if you’re seriously injured and are taken to the hospital? If possible, ask a witness to take pictures. Then, try to write down as many details as you can remember about the accident once you are able.

Document Injuries and Medical Records

Documenting your injuries and keeping all medical records is a must! When going to the ER, Primary Care Doctor, MRI, Specialists, Physical Therapy, or any other medical provider, make sure to write the following on the medical records whether there is a place for it or not:

  • State that you were in an accident and note the date it occurred.
  • Write the cause of the Accident – for example: rear-ended at a stop sign; car ran a red light and hit me; car ran a stop sign; car pulled across traffic; etc.
  • List all body parts injured and any pain radiating from one body part to another.
  • Indicate all body parts on the pain diagram and draw arrows or lines showing where you have pain – for example, neck pain radiating into the shoulder and down the arms or low back pain radiating down the legs.

Contact a NY Car Accident Attorney

No one expects to be seriously injured due to another person’s driving mistake or other reckless action. When such an accident does occur, most people are unsure what to do. Apicella & Schlesinger is proud to provide our clients with personalized, comprehensive representation in various practice areas.

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