What to Do if You’re in an Accident
Stay calm, don’t panic.
Try to stay in control of the situation to the best of you ability.
Make sure everyone you are safely pulled to the side of the road.
Move as far off the roadway as possible. Do not leave the scene of the accident. Set you hazards to alert oncoming traffic of the accident.
Call NYPD / 911.
Call 911 so that the police and emergency units are notified of the accident.
Inform your insurance company of the accident to start your claim.
Your insurance company needs to know as soon as possible of the accident so that they can start your claim.
Say Nothing – Do not admit fault.
Do not discuss the car accident with anyone other than the police and your own claims agent.
Take notes — Other drivers, witnesses, pictures if possible.
Try to get the name, address, phone number and license numbers for all drivers and witnesses at the accident scene. Ask for the insurance companies and policy numbers for drivers involved in the car accident.
Take that ride to the hospital to get checked for serious injury.
Often times due to an adrenaline rush and shock accident victims are unaware that they are injured. Seek immediate medical attention.
Call a New York personal injury attorney to discuss your case.
You should never directly talk to the other drivers insurance company without first consulting with an attorney that understands no-fault insurance, and how it relates to car accidents under New York State law. Get FREE advice from a New York car accident lawyer: 718-233-3913.