Car Accidents: Frequently Asked Questions
Answers From a Car Accident Lawyer in Brooklyn, NY
What facts do I need to gather after an accident?
After a car accident, it is important that you gather the following information:
- The name, address, telephone number, and driver’s license number of the other driver
- The other driver’s insurance company and policy number
- The license plate number, color, make, and model of the other driver's vehicle
- The names and contact information of any witnesses
- A copy of the police accident report, including the police officer’s name, department, and badge number
- The location of the accident
- Photos or videos of the scene of the accident, including damage to vehicles and any injuries
What if I don’t feel hurt after an accident? Should I still see a doctor?
Some injuries, like neck or back injuries, may not show symptoms until days or even weeks after an accident. Even if you don’t immediately feel hurt after a collision, it is extremely important to obtain a medical evaluation. This is important for two reasons: one, you risk a more serious or long-term injury if you wait too long to seek treatment, and two, delaying care could seriously harm your personal injury claim and the amount of compensation you are eligible to receive.
If I think an accident is my fault, should I say so?
Even if you suspect the accident may have been partially or fully your fault, avoid making any admissions of guilt to the other driver, their insurance company, or anyone else. There may have been other factors that contributed to your accident that you might not yet be aware of. Don’t make any statements or sign any papers until you consult with a lawyer.
Should I talk to the other driver’s insurance company about a settlement?
Never give the opposing insurance company an oral statement. Remember, the insurance company wants to avoid a payout and can use anything you say against you. They are specially trained negotiators who will use every psychological technique to get you to admit something that will hurt your claim. If you are contacted, politely decline to comment. Then, get in touch with an attorney who will protect your best interests and fight to maximize the value of your case.
What happens if the driver who hit me did not have car insurance?
Being hit by an uninsured driver is a frustrating scenario, but you have options. If you have purchased Uninsured Motorist coverage (UM) through your own insurance company, you may be entitled to compensation through your insurer. If not, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the driver. An attorney can advise you on your best option for pursuing compensation.
Can I afford a car accident lawyer?
At Koenigsberg & Associates Law Offices, we work on a contingency fee basis, which means we don’t charge any legal fees unless we recover compensation. There are no up-front costs to begin your case and consultations are free. You have nothing to lose, so call us today to see how a proven Brooklyn car accident attorney can assist you.
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