According to a recent study by a GPS manufacturer, New York City ranked number one for traffic congestion in 2021. Specifically, drivers spent an extra 5 days and 3 hours sitting in rush hour traffic. As a result of the massive amount of traffic on New York City roads, there are hundreds of thousands of car accidents every year in New York City. That means there are approximately hundreds of car accidents per day. If you are ever a victim of a crash, there are certain important steps you must take right after the accident to protect your personal injury case.
- CALL THE POLICE. Right after the accident occurs, dial 911 and request immediate medical attention. After COVID19, the police are less likely to arrive at the scene and file a police report. Nevertheless, request medical attention and ask the dispatch for the police to arrive. Additionally, injuries aside, New York State law requires all individuals involved in an accident, minor or major, to stop at the scene and contact the police.
- GATHER EVIDENCE. While you are waiting for an ambulance and the police to arrive, if possible, be sure to take as many photographs and videos as possible of the accident scene with your cell phone. Capture the damage to your vehicle, as well as its location in relation to other vehicles. If there were witnesses, ask for their name and phone numbers. Additionally, ensure you exchange information with the other driver. This includes license, registration, and any insurance information.
- CALL A PERSONAL INJURY LAWYER. After seeking medical attention, call an experienced attorney immediately. At Levy Borukh Law, our accident attorneys have helped clients recover millions of dollars from insurance companies. We will discuss your situation and help you decide what the next course of action should be. Our consultations are always free and we will walk you through the entire process. Rest assured if you hire us, justice will be served.