Next steps after a Rochester car accident

Posted: June 13, 2018

While driving in Rochester one sunny morning on your way to work, another driver runs a stop sign and crashes into your car. Thankfully, you do not lose consciousness or suffer bleeding wounds. Do you know what to do next?

Having a car accident can be one of the most stressful events happening in your life, especially when your car is totaled or you need medical treatment for injuries. Knowing what to do after a Rochester car crash will minimize stress and make it easier to resolve the issue of compensation for your damages.

Steps to Take Following an Accident

  • Call 911 to report the accident
  • Move vehicles off the road to prevent traffic problems (if possible)
  • Turn your hazard lights on if your car is inoperable
  • Take pictures of all cars involved as well as weather or pavement conditions
  • Write down license plate numbers and model/make of other vehicles
  • Note the location/name of streets where the accident occurred
  • Never sign documents unless it is something the police ask you to sign
  • Do not talk about who may be at fault for the accident. Remain polite but refrain from conversing about the crash

Of course, you may not be able to complete these steps if you or a passenger is seriously injured and needs transported to the emergency room.  Every situation is unique.

When to Contact a Personal Injury Attorney

After calling 911 and making sure everyone involved in the accident doesn’t need medical attention, contact William Mattar to speak to one of our Rochester car accident attorneys. We can help you understand your options regarding the accident and begin the process of obtaining compensation.

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