Car Accidents FAQs
The aftermath of a serious car accident can be confusing and chaotic — especially if you have suffered serious injuries. If you are involved in a crash, however, it is important to take the right steps to protect your best interests. The answers to the following questions may help you gain a better understanding of what to do after a crash and the legal process that follows.
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What should I do after an accident?
There are several things you should do after a car accident, including:
- Stay at the scene. Leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in serious injuries or death is illegal.
- If you can, check on others involved and call for medical attention if necessary.
- Do not admit wrongdoing.
- Call the police.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver and any passengers in the car.
- Collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the crash.
- Take photos of any damage to your vehicle.
- See a doctor, even if you don’t think you were badly injured. Save your medical records.
- Contact an attorney.
What if I am partially at fault for my accident?
Even if you played a role in causing the accident, you may still be entitled to compensation. The court will consider the percentage of causation that each party is responsible for. If you were less responsible for the accident than the defendant, you may still receive compensation.
When can I file a lawsuit?
The statute of limitations for serious injuries suffered in a car accident is three years. Just because you have three years to file, however, does not mean you should wait that long. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner you can begin building a case that supports your claim.
Will I receive compensation if I sustained minor injuries?
New York has a strict serious injury threshold. To be awarded compensation, you must prove that you incurred economic losses of more than $50,000 or that the injuries you sustained are serious. Serious injuries include but are not limited to: permanent loss of function in a body part or organ, substantially limited use of a body part or organ, serious disfigurement, dismemberment and loss of a fetus.
Should I accept a settlement from an insurance company?
Do not accept a settlement from an insurance company or sign any papers from an insurance company before speaking with an experienced lawyer. Insurance companies do not have your best interests at heart, and it may be possible to get a better outcome than what the insurance company is offering.