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Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Post-Car Accident Checklist

Q: What do I need to know if I get into a car accident?

Bronx personal injury attorneys understand how upsetting it is to be involved in a car accident especially if serious injuries are sustained. You might be hurt or frightened or flustered – – or all of the above.

What you do-- or do not do-- next may impact your personal injury lawsuit or settlement.

Things you should do after a car accident:

  • stop your car and resist to the urge to drive away-- even if you think the crash is minor and that there are no witnesses;
  • never admit responsibility;
  • seek necessary medical treatment immediately;
  • call the police and file a formal police report-- even if you were not injured;
  • get the names, contact, and insurance information of other involved parties;
  • take photos of the scene if you have a camera and are able to;
  • notify your insurance carrier as soon as possible;
  • call a skilled car accident lawyer as soon as possible so they can initiate an investigation before witnesses forget their testimonials and safeguard evidence; don’t give a statement to the other insurance company.

In addition to hiring a personal injury attorney as soon as possible, you should also never accept a settlement offer from an insurance company until an attorney has reviewed it. It can be tempting to accept the first offer, especially if you are unable to work and are feeling the pressure of mounting medical and other bills.

Insurance companies are in the business of making money and in virtually all cases an attorney will be able to get a more generous settlement offer than what the insurance company initially offered. Personal injury attorneys also know how to assess a claim--factoring in long-term future lost income and medical expenses and other damages--and negotiate a settlement that compensates victims fairly, or alternatively, to aggressively litigate.

If you or a loved one has been injured or loved one has been killed in a car accident, or any other accident, due to someone else’s actions, the Goldstein Law Firm can help maximize the compensation to which you may be entitled. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

From our offices in the Bronx, New York, we represent injured victims and their families throughout New York City and New York State as well as those injured while visiting New York.


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