Car crashes can result in serious property damage and injuries. New York residents should know, then, what they are expected to do in the wake of a crash. First, it is important to keep calm, as this will allow drivers to remember vital details. They should call 911 if anyone is injured and requires immediate help.
Another thing is to move the vehicles if they pose an immediate danger. Otherwise, nothing should be moved. Everything should be documented. Drivers can take photographs of vehicle damage, any damage to things like trees and light poles, any skid marks and physical injuries. They can also make a list of missing or damaged personal items like electronic devices, glasses and items in purses and wallets.
Drivers can gather the eyewitnesses, take down their name and address and record their testimony. It is best to maintain a neutral stance even when the testimonies differ from what drivers believe happened. Drivers, for their part, should never admit guilt in front of the police. They should also never sign anything unless they fully know what they are agreeing to.
Drivers should record how they feel. Even the smallest symptoms, such as a slight backache, can develop into a serious condition later on. The medical condition of all other parties should be recorded as well.
The police will most likely write up an incident report (drivers can always request one, too), which will eventually determine legal liability. In New York, victims of car crashes can file a claim even if they were partially at fault. They may want to see a lawyer for a case evaluation first. Personal injury lawyers normally have a network of professionals, including medical experts and crash investigators, who can strengthen a case. They can usually speak on victims' behalf at the negotiation table or in court.