Every year, thousands of people get injured in motor vehicle related accidents. Often, such accidents result in serious injuries and even death. Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident can have a lifelong impact on the victims and their families. Following an accident, there are some important steps that you can take to protect your health and legal rights.
Seek medical attention: If you have sustained injuries, seek immediate medical help even if the injuries appear to be minor. Symptoms of concussions and whiplash may not be apparent right away, making it even more important to see a doctor promptly. Seeking and receiving medical treatment will also provide documentation of your injuries and can be used as evidence.
Document the accident scene: You should document every aspect of the accident scene. Obtain photographic evidence of the scene and gather other important information, including:
- Names, addresses, and phone numbers of all other drivers and passengers;
- Driver’s license or other form of identification for all parties involved;
- Copies of insurance cards of drivers involved in the collision;
- License plate numbers for all vehicles involved;
- Names and contact information of responding police officers;
- Contact information of people who witnessed the accident.
Call the police: Call the police even if no one is injured and there is limited property damage. Having a police report will be helpful when dealing with insurance companies. Keep a copy of the paperwork you are given. You may need the identifying and contact information regarding the other person for future claims or correspondence.
Notify your insurance company: Inform your insurance company. Tell them exactly what happened and the extent of your injuries. Explain the facts clearly.
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If you or someone you love has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, it is important that you seek the help of a motor vehicle accident lawyer immediately. At Marvin A. Cooper. P.C., we help fight for the rights of accident victims. Call (914) 357-8911 or (718) 619 4215 or email email@example.com.