Motor vehicle accidents impact people every day across New York and throughout the country. The reality is that humans make mistakes, and with so many people on the roads, there are bound to be accidents.
Accidents take all shapes and forms, from single-vehicle crashes to large pile-up collisions that impact dozens of people. Regardless of the kind of crash you're in, what you should do next remains the same. Your responsibility is to take care of yourself and to watch out for your best interests.
After a crash: Don't delay seeking medical care
Many people don't want to seek medical care if they feel fine enough to walk or talk to others because they don't want to waste their time. However, getting medical care is the first step in getting treatment and getting documentation of your injuries.
Reach out to the police
If you haven't spoken to the police or don't have a copy of the police report, you should reach out. It's important for you to be able to review the report and to point out anything that you don't feel is accurate for review.
Call your attorney
Finally, call your attorney. Your attorney is going to be able to walk you through the claims process and help you build the best case against the other party. With a strong case including your receipts, documentation of your injuries, photos and more, you can negotiate and get the compensation that you're seeking after being involved in a crash.
Crashes may be accidental, but the person responsible should still be held liable.