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Steps to Take After Being Injured in a Car Accident in New York

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If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be eligible to recover financial compensation in a personal injury claim. Continue reading and reach out to our experienced personal injury firm to learn the steps you should take following a car accident to protect yourself and your future claim.

What are the most common causes of car accidents in New York?

The most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. The following are the most common negligent actions to cause accidents behind the wheel:

  • Distracted driving
  • Disregarding road signs
  • Failure to yield
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Using a mobile device while driving
  • Speeding

What should I do following a car accident in New York?

It is important to have a plan following a car accident in New York. If you can, take the following steps at the scene of your accident to protect yourself and to set yourself up for a successful personal injury claim:

  1. Call the police. They will bring an ambulance to the scene to treat any injuries sustained in your accident. They will also conduct a police report to document the accident.
  2. While you wait for medical assistance, if you can, take photos of the scene of your accident including any vehicle and property damage.
  3. Take photos of your injuries.
  4. Collect the other party’s insurance information.
  5. When the ambulance arrives, seek medical attention immediately, even if you do not feel symptoms of an injury right away.
  6. Retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney who will work to satisfy the burden of proof to recover the compensation you require to heal. Your attorney will also be able to obtain further evidence to support your claim including surveillance footage of your accident as it happened.

What is the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New York?

The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is generally three years in New York. This means that you will have three years from the date of your accident to take legal action against the negligent party responsible for your accident. If you fail to file your claim within this period of time, you may risk being permanently barred from suing. To bring attention to your claim as soon as possible, contact our experienced personal injury attorney today to discover how we can assist you. Give our firm a call to learn more about our services.

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