What to do After a Car Accident in New York

Car accidents are very often traumatic experiences for all parties involved. Unfortunately, if you were injured in a car accident, the frightening experience is usually even more damaging than if you were not. This is why if you were injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you should hire an experienced attorney and learn more about the compensation you may be entitled to. Here are some questions you may have:

What are the typical causes of New York car accidents?

There are several different types of car accidents in New York. Very often, poor road design or conditions play a part in car accidents. Massive potholes, ditches, and unclearly painted lines may all contribute to a car accident. Additionally, poor weather conditions such as heavy snow or icy road also contribute. Occasionally, even faulty or defective car parts may cause car accidents. However, you would not be shocked to know that the most common cause of all is driver negligence. Here are just some of the different types of negligent driving behavior:

  • Running red lights or stop signs
  • Speeding
  • Failure to dim high beams
  • Failure to signal before turns
  • Failure to engage hazard lights
  • Eating while driving 
  • Smoking while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Texting while driving

If you know another party was engaging in this sort of negligent behavior at the time of your crash, you will most likely be entitled to financial compensation. However, you must prove your case first.

How do I recover compensation after a car accident in New York?

To receive compensation, you must prove the other party’s negligence. One of the best forms of proof is, of course, photographic or video evidence. If you live in New York City, even if you do not have a dashcam of any sort hooked up to your car, there is a good chance a security camera captured the incident as it happened. Additionally, you should receive medical treatment immediately after the accident. A medical professional will work on your injuries, as well as provide you with the necessary documentation regarding your medical condition, which you may use to prove your claim if necessary. Lastly, after filing your claim, it would be best to avoid social media altogether until everything is finalized. Insurance companies will try and find anything they can to disprove your claim, and if you post something that they may use against you, you may end up losing out on your compensation.

Contact our New York firm

The Law Offices of George Poulos is an experienced Workers’ Compensation, personal injury, bankruptcy, and Social Security Disability law firm with offices in Queens and the Bronx. If you require strong legal representation, contact our firm today to schedule a free consultation.