Even if you have been in a car accident before, the moments following a
New York traffic crash can be scary and confusing. Some of the most level-headed
people lose their cool and don't know what they should do, but it's
important to keep these things in mind so you'll have evidence to
support your case in the event that the accident was not your fault.
Call the police. If you are not severely injured in a way that requires immediate medical
attention, call the police, even if you think the accident was minor.
Police will be key in determining fault and writing up an accident report.
Make sure you stay at the scene of the accident until the report is complete
and the police have left.
Do not admit fault. Anything you say can be used against you later, so refrain from admitting
fault—especially if it wasn't your fault! Just make sure everyone is okay and provide
the facts when speaking to the police officer. Likewise, don’t say,
“I’m fine” when asked about your condition. You don’t
know whether you’re fine until after you have had a medical examination
and after several days have passed.
Do not sign anything or provide a recorded statement. Again, anything you say or do can be held against you. You have the right
to speak with a lawyer before signing or saying anything, so we highly
recommend that you secure proper legal representation.
Call Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor. We have many years of experience representing auto accident victims in
the Kingston, New York area, and we will evaluate your case free of charge
to let you know what your options are.
Call us today.