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Car Accident FAQ

Imagine this: You’re stopped at a red light waiting for it to change. Out of nowhere, your car jerks forward rapidly because someone slams into your vehicle. What do you do? Unfortunately, this is where most individuals’ knowledge of car accidents stops.

There are plenty of things you should do after a crash, things you shouldn’t do, and questions you may have. All these things can have an impact on what you are able to do next and seeking compensation. Because it can be so complex, our New York car accident attorneys answer some common questions we receive.

What Do I Do After an Accident?

Following a crash, there are things that you should do and things that you should not do. You should collect information from the other driver and any witnesses, take photos of the accident scene and injuries, and speak with your insurance company and lawyer.

You should not apologize or making any claims admitting to being at fault for a crash. Don’t speak with the other party’s insurance company without having a lawyer present. And don’t leave the scene of the crash before having all information and reports completed.

Can I Get Compensation?

It depends on the situation, who is at fault, and the severity of the damages. No two cases are alike and it’s difficult to give a concrete answer without knowing the specifics of your situation. We’d be able to give you a better answer after a consultation.

Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?

It’s best to have a lawyer with you when the defendant’s insurance company wants to speak with you. They may attempt to record a conversation to use against you in the case. Don’t speak with them until you’re represented, or have them speak with your attorney regarding the matter.

How Do I Know Who Is At Fault?

Typically, this is on your attorney to help figure out, but you can aid in providing necessary documentation such as pictures of the accident scene or injuries, and reports from police or medical. This can help prove fault in trial.

If you have any questions that are not answered here or on other locations of our website, we’re available to help. At Levine and Wiss, we offer free consultations to help you better understand your rights and options.

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