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What not to do after an injury-causing car accident

Another driver has just struck your motor vehicle, and suddenly, you feel as though you are living in a nightmare. You feel pain in your body, and on top of that, you are distraught over the damage that the other driver has caused you. You are also wondering what to do.

It is normal to feel a broad range of emotions following a car wreck that was not your fault. However, making irrational, emotion-fueled decisions after the accident may end up causing you further harm. Here are a few things to avoid doing following an injury-causing car crash in New York.

First steps

Directly following your accident, it is critical that you avoid moving your car unless you need to for safety reasons or the law requires it. In addition, it is best to avoid waiting or standing in a place with safety hazards, such as traffic, which might cause you further injury.

It is also paramount to avoid leaving the crash scene unless a police officer gives you permission to do so. Otherwise, he or she may criminally charge you with being a hit-and-run driver.

Second steps

While at the scene, it is wise to avoid talking about who caused the accident with the other driver or anyone else at the scene. In addition, it may behoove you to avoid apologizing for anything that happened at the crash scene. If you admit to making a mistake, this could be evidence of your being at fault.

Also, when you leave the accident scene, you might want to avoid throwing away any items that could serve as evidence of the other person's fault. This evidence may include, for example, damaged car parts or clothing stained with blood due to the accident. Finally, it is paramount that you avoid agreeing to any settlement offer terms before getting in touch with a car accident attorney and letting your attorney review these terms.

Your rights if you have been in an injury-causing crash

If somebody has harmed you in a car accident due to negligence, your attorney may advise you to file a personal injury claim against him or her. One must establish liability in court before a judge will adjudicate claims for monetary damages. If you prevail in your claim, you may receive compensation that might help you to pay for your medical bills and other accident-related losses.

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Michael J. Gaffney, Attorney at Law
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