Becoming the victim of a
motor vehicle accident due to a negligent driver can be a terrifying experience. By arming yourself
with the knowledge of what to do following such an ordeal; you can save
yourself a good deal of physical, emotional, financial and legal stress.
Experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorneys know that in order to protect yourself in the event of litigation, you
should preserve an accurate depiction of the scene of the accident by
immediately taking pictures. Cell phone cameras are modern day marvels
that can help you quickly capture evidence; therefore, you should avoid
driving with a phone that has very little battery life.
Take photos of both cars at different angles if there is any damage as
well as any bodily injuries you or your passengers may have sustained.
You want to document as much of the accident as possible. This will later
help you support your claim for damages and obtaining the compensation
You should notify the police of the
car accident regardless of its severity and extent of damages. File a police report;
you may need this for insurance purposes regarding damage to your vehicle
or to your person. The police will investigate the accident so make sure
to give a full and accurate account of what happened.
However, it is very important to be cautious of what you say. For example,
you should not make statements of fault. Insurance companies can use such
statements as a sword to defend themselves. Under high stress, your perception
of the accident may be inaccurate and you might not actually be at fault.
You don't want such statements to be used against you later.
It is very important to obtain insurance information from the other driver.
Make sure you note the name of the driver and his or her insurance company
including the policy number. You should also collect contact information
such as phone numbers and addresses.
If there are any witnesses on the scene, obtain their contact information
as well including names, phone numbers, and addresses. If you decide to
commence legal action, you may need them to testify on your behalf.
Remember not to underestimate the extent of your personal injuries stemming from an
automobile accident. Often times, a minor injury may result in major complications later in
the future. See a doctor as soon as possible and document your medical
visits. Obtain copies of your doctor's notes, diagnosis, treatment
Before you know it, your medical bills can start piling up. New York is
a no-fault state so contacting your insurance provider as soon as possible
may result in your provider paying your initial medical bills.
You should consult a
highly knowledgeable and experienced Poughkeepsie car accident attorney as soon as possible to evaluate your claim and apprise you of your legal
rights. You do not want to lose the opportunity for full compensation
of your damages.
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Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious car accidents, particularly
throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, and
Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
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successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
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