Answering Your Questions After A Car Accident
If you or someone you love has recently experienced a car crash, you may feel overwhelmed. You probably have many questions about medical treatment, insurance policies and personal injury claims. The attorneys of Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC, can provide the answers you need. As experienced and trial-tested litigators, they have handled numerous cases involving just about every variety of car accident imaginable. Read on for some answers to questions that they frequently hear from New York clients.
What should you do after a car accident?
A car accident can be shocking, and you may have no idea what to do. There are steps you need to take after a car accident to ensure the best outcome for yourself.
- Make sure the situation is safe –
First things first—you need to get off the road. Not only are you in danger sitting in the middle of traffic, you are creating a hazard for other drivers. Pull over to the side of the road and turn your car off.
If another driver was involved in the accident, get out of the car and talk to them—if it is safe to do so. Do not apologize or admit fault.
- Collect information –
The next step is to call the police and gather as much information as you can. Talking to the officers and any witnesses on the scene can help you with future insurance and legal issues. The information you should get includes:
- The other driver’s contact information
- Driver’s license and license plate numbers
- Insurance policy numbers
- Pictures of the scene of the accident and the damage to both cars
- The police officers’ contact information
- A copy of the police accident report
If you don’t have proof of what happened and how, things might not go your way when you are trying to seek compensation for the accident.
- See a doctor –
Once you leave the scene of the accident, medical attention should be your next priority. You may have a serious injury that you don’t even know about yet. Whiplash—one of the most common car crash injuries—may take hours or even days to start hurting.
Besides checking whether you have any serious injuries, going to the doctor can also help your personal injury case. If you are going to seek damages from the other driver, you’ll want to have proof of all the injuries you sustained from the accident. A diagnosis from your doctor can be helpful when you are looking for compensation.
Should I go to the hospital after a car accident?
The first thing that you should do after a crash is seek medical treatment from a doctor. If necessary, call an ambulance to the scene of the accident so you can reach the hospital as soon as possible. Your health and safety are of utmost importance, so do not neglect this important step.
How long after a car accident can you go to the hospital?
The sooner you seek treatment at a hospital, the better. Timely medical care is important, not only for your physical well-being, but also for gathering evidence if you decide to file a claim. With that said, there is no limit on the amount of time after an accident when you can go to the hospital.
What happens if I’m not wearing a seat belt in an accident?
Even if you did not have your seat belt on, you can still file a personal injury lawsuit. The at-fault driver may still be held liable for your damages, though the amount of compensation that you recover may be less than it would have been if you had been wearing a seat belt.
How long does it take for whiplash symptoms to appear?
The signs of whiplash do not always manifest immediately after a motor vehicle crash. They include:
- Sore neck
- Stiff neck
- Memory problems
Some individuals report that they did not notice symptoms until weeks or even months after the incident. Even if your symptoms took some time to appear, you should consult a doctor as soon as you experience them.
Should I consult a lawyer after a car accident?
Yes. It is always wise to speak with a personal injury attorney following a crash. You should have representation before speaking with any representatives from your insurer or the other driver’s insurer. Your lawyer can protect your rights and make sure that the insurance company does not offer you an inadequate settlement.
When should I hire an attorney for a car accident?
You should contact a lawyer as soon as you can. The sooner you have an attorney on your side, the sooner you can take the steps toward recovering compensation for your damages and holding the negligent party accountable for their actions.
Do You Have More Questions? Schedule A Consultation
These are only a few of the questions that the attorneys of Anderson, Moschetti & Taffany, PLLC hear every day. To ask your questions in person, contact the law firm to schedule an initial consultation. Reach the firm’s Saratoga Springs office by calling 518-785-4900 or by using the online contact form.