What should you do after a car accident?

With so many cars on the road in the New York City area, it is hard to imagine a single day going by without a motor vehicle accident.

Following an accident, you will have a lot on your mind. From dealing with injuries to getting your car out of harm’s way, this is sure to be extremely stressful.

If you are injured in a car accident, there is nothing more important than getting the necessary medical treatment without delay. This often means calling police so they can arrange for an ambulance and any other type of emergency personnel that is needed.

At some point — preferably sooner rather than later — you should tell your insurance company about the accident. Be as clear as possible when explaining the accident. Along with this, don’t be shy about providing a police report or other information that shows who was at fault.

As the days go by, you may hear from an insurance company with a settlement offer. Before you agree, remember this: insurance companies want to pay you the least amount of money possible to settle your claim. This may mean you are offered an unfair number based on your injuries and other damage.

Knowing what to do in the event of a car accident can help you make the right decisions should you ever find yourself in this situation.

If anybody was injured, it adds another level of challenges as the days go by. In this case, many people wish to speak with a personal injury attorney who can explain what they should do to recover the compensation to which they are entitled.

Source: FindLaw, “After a Car Accident: First Steps” Nov. 25, 2014