When you get into an auto accident, you may experience disorientation and confusion. After all, it’s a shocking thing to happen – even if you don’t think you got hurt.
However, it’s important to take the right steps following an accident. If you don’t, you may not be able to get a settlement, and you’ll be stuck with high bills.
Here are three mistakes to avoid after getting into an auto accident in New York.
1. Failing to Collect Evidence
It’s critical to collect evidence to show that you got into an accident and ended up suffering from an injury. If you drive away without gathering proof, it’s going to be difficult to show that you were not at fault. Make sure that while you’re at the scene of the accident, you take photos of the scene along with the other driver’s license plate, your car, your visible injuries, and damage to your belongings. Collect witness statements, note the locations of any security cameras, and file a police report.
2. Not Going to the Hospital Right Away
Immediately after an accident occurs, you need to go to the hospital for treatment. Otherwise, it may seem like you didn’t get injured or your injuries weren’t serious. You’ll need to get X-rays taken too to check for internal injuries. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
3. Not Calling a Personal Injury Lawyer
The insurance company is not going to give you a proper settlement. The only chance you have of getting what you deserve is to call a personal injury lawyer. They will fight for you to get you the settlement you need.
Contact a Personal Injury Lawyer
If you need representation after going through an auto accident, then contact the personal injury firm Gash & Associates for help. We assist clients throughout Westchester County and we offer you a free consultation. Get in touch now at (914) 328-8800.