Steps to Take After a Car Accident
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Whether you have been involved in a
motorcycle accident or a
slip and fall incident, the steps you take after are extremely important to your case. Gruenberg
Kelly Della has helped countless individuals navigate their cases following
an accident and is here to provide the counsel and guidance you need.
Our Long Island personal injury attorneys bring more than 100 years of
combined experience to the table. In that time, we have resolved a comprehensive
range of cases for our clients. With our knowledge and insight, we are
more than prepared to assist you during this time.
If you need immediate counsel for what to do after an accident,
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10 Critical Steps to Follow After Your Accident
While every accident is different and will likely involving varying factors,
these steps can help you understand how to strengthen your claim following
1. Don’t Leave the Scene Right Away
Whether you were in a car accident or injured at work, make sure you stay
at the scene of the accident until everything has been reported and properly
documented. In the case of car accidents, you will likely need to wait
for police to arrive. Slip and falls or other situations may seem embarrassing,
but make sure you stay at the scene of the accident until you have documented
what you need or identified any witnesses that may strengthen your case.
2. Get the Contact Information of Parties Involved
In auto accidents, this is often simple. The driver who hit you is likely
the main party you need to exchange information with. If you are on an
individual’s property, at a store, or any other place where you
suffer a serious injury, taking down the owner or manager’s contact
information can be important for future details. Additionally, you should
try to get the contact information from any potential witnesses nearby
to help strengthen your claim if needed.
3. Report the Accident to Police, Managers, or Other Important Figures
Any type of vehicle accident should immediately be reported to police if
serious injuries or damages are involved. In other situations, accidents
may not need to be reported to police, but it may be a good idea to report
the incident to a store manager, employer, or other figures. If you don’t
report the accident, the other party may try to argue that you failed
to alert them of the incident and thus try to deny your claim. That is
why making sure you report an incident sooner than later is very crucial.
4. Make an Accurate Record of What Happened
Memories can be deceiving. If you try to look back on an accident a few
days later, you may have only limited memory of what actually happened.
The rest could be speculation, leaving your case vulnerable to being challenged
by the responsible party. That is why writing down as many details as
you can remember right after the accident can be extremely beneficial
to a case. Don’t wait a few weeks to start writing down what you
remember of the accident.
5. Document the Scene of the Accident & Surrounding Areas
Sometimes pictures can really be worth a thousand words. When you have
photographic proof of the scene of the accident and the injuries you suffered,
it can be a powerful piece of evidence that even insurance companies will
have a hard time denying. In addition to the scene of the accident, taking
pictures of injuries can help demonstrate the severity of the incident.
6. Never Apologize or Accept Any Blame
In the moment, you may be shocked into apologizing, accepting blame, or
trying to make the other party feel better. Make sure you keep your cool
and avoid getting emotional! Though you may be trying to be nice and keep
the other party calm, it is more important that you preserve your credibility.
Remember, insurance companies are masters at twisting even the simplest
statements into admissions of fault.
7. Seek Medical Attention Right Away
Never delay in getting the medical care you need. The longer you wait,
the more serious your injuries could get. Furthermore, the other party
may try to argue that your injuries weren’t connected to the accident
if you take too long to get diagnosed or assessed by a doctor. This is
a very important part of your case (and your health), so being prompt
with your medical care is extremely vital.
8. Keep a File of Your Bills & Related Documents
The more organized you are with your medical bills and other documents,
the easier it will be to compile everything for your case. This allows
you to quickly and effectively build a strong and effective claim that
will stand up in court and in negotiations.
9. Don’t Try to Negotiate with Insurance Companies
Even if the first settlement offer seems tempting, make sure you always
consult with an attorney who can advise you on whether or not the offer
is fair. Often, insurance companies are only concerned with minimizing
their bottom line. This means their first settlement offer is likely far
below what you actually deserve for your injuries and suffering.
10. Retain Legal Counsel for Your Case
Why try to resolve your case on your own when you can retain counsel from
a Long Island personal injury lawyer who brings decades of experience
to the table? Not only that, but when you work with Gruenberg Kelly Della,
you get contingency fee representation. That means you don’t pay
a single legal fee unless we win compensation on your behalf. You don’t
risk a thing by securing our guidance and support.
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