Next Steps After a Syracuse Car Accident

Posted: December 20, 2018

Suffering serious injuries in a Syracuse car crash can make it difficult for drivers or passengers to do anything after the accident. It can be difficult enough just to get medical treatment and recover. Calling 911 can be one of the first things someone should do after an accident. Depending on the severity of the accident, law enforcement will arrive.  Emergency medical technicians who can deliver aid may also arrive on scene.

File and Obtain a Police Report of the Accident

If you did not call police at the time of the accident, you might be able to file a police report within 72 hours. However, it’s always best to file one at the scene or within 24 hours of the accident.

NY State Vehicle and Traffic Laws mandate filing police reports within 10 days if property damage exceeds $1,000. All drivers involved must file a “report of motor vehicle accident” (MV-104) with the NY Department of Motor Vehicles. Failing to report vehicle accidents causing $1,000 or more property damage may result in the DMV suspending your driver’s license.

When someone is killed or injured due to a car accident, all drivers involved and and law enforcement must file individual accident reports with the NY DMV. However, you should be aware it is a serious crime to leave accidents causing death or physical injury.

Contact Your Insurance Company to Report the Accident

If you are lawfully operating your vehicle, you must carry the minimum of liability insurance and no-fault coverage.

Hire the Right Lawyer

Being seriously injured in a car crash means you will likely endure pain and suffering. When you need an attorney to help you receive compensation following a Syracuse car accident, contact the personal injury attorneys at William Mattar. We will schedule a free, initial consultation with a lawyer experienced with handling accident cases. We may be able to get you maximum compensation.

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