Involved In An Automobile Accident And Don't Know What To Do Next?
The moments immediately following any type of motor vehicle accident can be some of the most frightening of your life.
Are my loved ones safe?
Am I okay?
What do I do now?
The dedicated team of attorneys at Beck Law, P.C. understand that in the aftermath of all of this chaos, filing a claim is often the furthest thing from your mind. Here are a few key steps you can follow so that down the road, our attorneys can support you in their maximum capacity.
Stop and Assess
At Beck Law, P.C., we place your health and safety as our top priority. In those first moments following a motor vehicle collision, you should begin taking stock of the situation. Are you physically injured? Can you move around without pain or discomfort? If there are other passengers in the car, help them to assess their physical status. If you find that you or your loved ones are in physical distress, or cannot move without significant pain or discomfort, do not attempt to move any further and call 9-1-1 immediately. Are you in a location that is going to present further danger? Motor vehicle accidents can happen anywhere, at any time. Due to the nature of the collision, your vehicle may have been moved into an unsafe location. Assess whether or not your vehicle is in a condition to be moved, or if you have the physical capacity to move it. If for any reason you are unable to move your vehicle, turn on your hazard lights so other drivers on the road may attempt to pass.
It is part of human nature to minimize potentially catastrophic situations. Upon initial assessment, you may believe everything to be fine; perhaps you’re not feeling too uncomfortable, or the damage to your vehicle doesn’t seem to be too significant. In the immediate wake of an automobile accident, you must resist the urge to minimize! You should always call 9-1-1 following a motor vehicle accident; explain what has happened to the operator, and request an ambulance if you believe you or any involved parties have been injured. If you have been the victim of an automobile accident, obtaining an accurate police report can help fortify your case. Document everything!
Following an automobile collision, creating a strong portfolio of documentation can help you develop a strong, legally- sound case. Exchange information with the other party or parties. Make sure to take down items like names, contact information, insurance information, and details about the other vehicle. If there were any witnesses to the accident, take down their contact information and try to obtain a statement. Take photos of the accident; in the age of smart phones, documentation is widely accessible! Take photos of your vehicle, with particular attention to any spots where damage was done. Take photos of the vehicle that caused the accident, making sure to highlight points of impact and the vehicle’s license plate. Take photographs of the scene of the accident and other sources of property damage to support future claims. Take photos of any injuries you or other passengers may have sustained during the collision. As soon as you are able, obtain a copy of the police report from the responding officers. Maintain detailed records of any and all communications you have regarding the accident. Take down the contact information of all parties you speak to regarding the auto accident, which can include phone operators, insurance agents, adjusters, police officers, witnesses, and more.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney at Beck Law, P.C.
Utilizing your well-documented portfolio of information, your next step is to reach out to your insurance company. Depending on your provider, you may be able to do this via telephone call, or even by going on the web. As painstaking as this may feel, being mindful during this process make the difference in getting justified financial compensation following your automobile accident. Settling a claim can be a lengthy process, but fear not, your team of legal professionals is here to support you every step of the way.
The dedicated attorneys at Beck Law, P.C. are here to fight for you! Our legal staff will work tirelessly to obtain the best possible outcome for you and your loved ones. Contact Beck Law, P.C. today at (516) 388-7785 for a free consultation. We will help you assess the validity and strength of your claim for damages.