Steps to take after an auto accident

New York City car accidents can happen at any time. Even when motorists are driving responsibly, they could be hit by another car in any number of circumstances. There are a number of things for people who are in a car crash to keep in mind in order to protect their interests.

For a driver who is not at fault in a car accident, it can be very important to take certain steps, especially in case the other party does not report the accident, leaves the scene or denies what took place. This means that information gathering, like collecting the name and contact information of the other driver, insurance information, photographs and witness information should be a priority.

Of course, the first priority after a car accident is seeking medical attention for any injuries. An injured person may not be aware of all of the damage suffered in the immediate aftermath of an auto accident, so it is well-advised to go to a doctor to be treated. It is important for every driver to contact their own insurance company, even when they are not at fault, so that an appropriate claim can be filed.

Another important step for motorists who have been injured in an auto accident caused by another driver is to contact a personal injury attorney. In order to prevail in a lawsuit, an attorney representing an injured plaintiff will need to demonstrate to the satisfaction of the jury that the other motorist was negligent in some manner, such as speeding, distracted by a cellphone or impaired by alcohol or drugs, and that such negligence was the proximate cause of the accident.

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