If you have been involved in a car accident in New York City, and the surrounding areas, it is important that you know beforehand the best way to handle the situation. New York State law requires certain actions to occur, and insurance companies have the right to reject claims if certain steps are not taken in the correct order after an accident. If you have any questions regarding your accident or need guidance from a competent Brooklyn personal injury lawyer, contact the law offices of Jay S. Knispel, LLC today for a free consultation regarding your situation.
Stop and Notify Police
New York State law requires any person involved in an accident to stop at the scene. If possible, move the vehicles involved to the side of the road to prevent further damage or injury. If the accident caused injuries or significant property damage, it is the law to contact the police. Dial 911 to notify the police of the accident.
If anyone is hurt and requires medical attention, call 911 for help.
Be sure to exchange insurance information with all drivers involved in the accident, in accordance with New York State law. You should collect the following information: name, address, phone number, insurance company, policy number, driver license number and license plate number for the driver and the owner of each vehicle. If the driver’s name is different from the name on the insurance card or registration, ask what the relationship is (e.g., parent, friend, employer, etc.) and write down that information. Provide your same information to each driver.
If you notice witnesses attending the scene, you may attempt to get addresses and phone numbers from them, or note their appearance to point them out to officers when they arrive.
Notify Your Insurance
Contact your insurance company regarding the accident as soon as possible. They have the right to refuse coverage if you do not contact them at the absolute earliest convenience.
Contact Your Attorney
It is always in your best interest to contact an attorney as soon as possible after an accident has occurred. The attorneys at Jay S. Knispel, LLC will discuss your situation and help you decide your next course of action for no fee. If we decide to continue to work together, there will be no fees unless we collect on your behalf.