STEPS TO TAKE AFTER AN ACCIDENT
Car, truck and motorcycle accidents typically occur in the blink of an eye. Drivers, passengers and pedestrians who have been injured often do not know what happened. In the confusion at the scene, injury victims may be disoriented and also feeling the effects of an adrenaline rush. It can be difficult to know what steps to take after an accident to protect your rights.
The personal injury attorneys at Liakas Law, P.C., with offices in Manhattan and Chatham, New Jersey, represent injury victims who are being treated unfairly by the insurance companies after an accident that has caused serious personal injury.
Do Not Settle For Less Than You Deserve
We often see clients who believed that insurance providers would do the right thing and cover medical expenses and pay appropriate compensation under an insurance policy. However, in the real business world, insurance providers are focused on their own profits and often delay or deny claims to protect those profits. In other situations, they may offer a lowball settlement to keep your money in their pockets.
For that reason, we have identified several important steps for accident victims to take after a crash to protect their claim. No list could be complete, but some actions are helpful to preserve evidence and get you on right track to recovery. Some things you can do may help you to protect yourself for the future, include:
Document the scene or take pictures: Cellphones are common and a valuable resource at an accident. Call the police and use your cellphone to take pictures of the vehicles before they are moved, including the damage from the accident.
Get medical attention as soon as possible: The human body is designed to protect you in stressful, traumatic times. Adrenaline is often released and can mask pain and other symptoms of a significant injury. While you may feel okay in the immediate aftermath of the crash, or feel only minor aches, serious injuries may still be present. Whiplash, concussions and other injuries may not be immediately apparent. Often back injuries involving damaged discs may exist, but the pain may take days or longer to elevate. Getting immediate medical attention can reveal these injuries and allow for a proper diagnosis to avoid further injury from occurring.
Contact a personal injury lawyer: Insurance companies seek evidence to use against you. If an adjuster from the other driver’s insurance provider contacts you, you need the guidance of an attorney to protect your rights. The sooner you have an advocate in your corner investigating the details, the better. Evidence can be lost over time and memories of witnesses fade. An immediate investigation can help to preserve and strengthen your claim.
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To arrange a free consultation with one of our trial lawyers call 212-937-7765. Our main office in Manhattan has easy access to and from mass transit from all five boroughs of New York City. We can also arrange to meet you at our Chatham, New Jersey, location.