Questions We Often Hear About Car Accidents
I was just involved in a crash. What should I do?
The New York City police department’s instructions are good advice for people in accidents anywhere: For safety’s sake, you should put your car in “park” and check to see if anyone is injured. If you cannot move the vehicle, call 911. Move the car out of traffic if you can, before exiting the car. Stay at the scene and contact the police if anyone was injured or killed, or if property of someone else was damaged and the owner cannot be found.
I’m up and walking around after a car accident. I don’t think I was hurt. What should I do?
If there is any doubt whatsoever, you should nonetheless get a medical evaluation. Neck and back pain sometimes manifests a day or longer after an accident.
I just struck a parked car after another vehicle forced me out of my lane. What can I do?
First, follow the advice above about what to do after a crash. If no one was hurt, call the police if you cannot locate the owner of the car that was struck. If you do contact the police, keep your statements short and factual. Do not discuss fault before consulting with an attorney. Whether you call the police or not, you must file a report with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) within 10 days if more than $1000 worth of any individual’s property was damaged.
What amount of car insurance am I required to have in New York?
The state requires motorists to have liability coverage, including these minimums: $10,000 for property damage, $25,000 for bodily injury (per person, and $50,000 for multiple people’s injuries) and $50,000 for a fatality (or $100,000 for multiple fatalities). Personal injury protection (PIP) is also required for drivers of cars. Supplementary underinsured motorist (SUM) coverage is recommended for all motorists.
Why should I talk with a lawyer when I think everything is O.K. except my car’s bent bumper?
Initial consultations are free after a car accident. Motor vehicle accident attorneys have a great deal of experience helping injured people obtain compensation. A lawyer can also defend you in case you are charged with a traffic offense.
My close family member was seriously injured in a crash and can’t talk yet. Should we wait until they are better to consult with a lawyer?
Our law firm welcomes inquiries from family members in such cases. We can get an investigation started before evidence of what happened becomes difficult or impossible to preserve.