What To Do Following A Motor Vehicle Injury Accident
Calling a personal injury lawyer is not the first thing you should do following a car accident in Buffalo or elsewhere in Western New York. The most important thing after a motor vehicle accident is the safety of both those involved in the collision and other drivers on the road. Contacting a personal injury attorney – if necessary – can wait until much later.
New York State law and City of Buffalo ordinances require any driver involved in a car accident to stop at the scene of an accident, even if a personal injury has not occurred. You should not move your car unless leaving it where it is creates a hazard for other drivers. If you have suffered a personal injury, in most cases you should remain where you are. If you are not injured but other people are, you should immediately dial 911 and request an ambulance.
New York State Law for Motor Vehicle Injury Accident
New York State requires all drivers in accidents to exchange their names and addresses, along with the names and identification numbers of their insurance company. Aside from exchanging this information, it is usually best not to have any discussion with the other driver. Wait for the police to arrive and tell them how the accident occurred. You should note the law enforcement agency involved and the officer’s name. This may make it easier for a personal injury lawyer to obtain a copy of police records.
Contact Your Insurance Company ASAP After the Accident
You or your attorney also should contact your insurance company shortly after the accident. If the insurance company is not notified of an accident in a timely fashion, they may deny your claim.