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Actions To Take If You Are In Car Accident

Car accidents are always unexpected and hugely stressful stay calm and try to control your emotions. Get support from people you feel you can trust.:

  1. Be Safe
  • Move the car out of harm’s way, such as the shoulder of the road if the car accident is minor.
  • If unable to move the car, confirm that the vehicle is in Park position, turn the engine off, and engage the hazard lights.
  • Check that it is safe for you to get out of the car and then do so.
  • If available, use warning triangles or safety cones to alert others of the accident.
  1. Seek Help
  • Check for injuries - your own and others who are involved; always err on the side of calling an ambulance if injuries are questionable.
  • Contact the police, no matter how minor the accident. A police report is useful in the claims process while determining who was at fault.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident if you are the driver who has injured a pedestrian or the other driver. You could be considered a hit-and-run driver and subject to criminal penalties.
  1. Gather Information
  • Collect details from others involved in the accident.
    • Drivers and passengers: names and contact information
    • Driver's license numbers
    • License plate numbers
    • Vehicle descriptions (make, model, year)
    • Insurance companies and policy numbers
    • Eyewitnesses: names and contact information
    • Location of accident - exact address, if possible
    • Police officer: name and badge number
  • Capture photos of all vehicles involved and the accident scene
  • Only sign your insurance form or police report, no other documents
  • Cooperate but do not admit to fault
  1. File a Claim
  • A claim can be started immediately at the location of the accident
  • Keep track of medical expenses
  • Keep track of repair expenses
  • A claim can also be filed online
  • Contact your insurance agent as soon as possible
  1. Call for Vehicle Assistance

Contact your insurance company or local towing business for roadside help if your vehicle cannot be driven

  1. Contact Litman & Litman, P.C.

Litman & Litman PC car accident lawyers are available around the clock to answer your call and evaluate the circumstances of your accident. We will take a straightforward approach to evaluating your circumstances, your claim, and your chances of receiving a judgment.

TOLL-FREE: 1-800-LAW-4334 (1-800-529-4334)
JEFFREY E. LITMAN, ESQ. 516-353-1500  
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