What to do after a car accident

Posted: October 19, 2017

With a car accident injuring someone every 12 seconds, it is possible that you may be involved in one in your lifetime. Car accidents are common. It is easier to deal with the aftermath of a motor vehicle accident if you are prepared for a worst case scenario. Here are some suggestions:

  • Always wear your seat belt.
  • Make sure you are not engaging in any of the most dangerous driving behaviors.
  • Check your car to see if it is in proper working condition. For example: working lights and blinkers, good tires and do not let your fuel level get too low.
  • Always have your license, registration and insurance card in a safe and easily accessible location.
  • Have a safety kit in your car. Check out Pinterest or Youtube for DIY safety kits.
  • Be a courteous and safe driver.

Even if you are a safe driver, you cannot predict or control how others drive around you. If you ever find yourself in a car accident, here are our suggestions on what to the same day or days following a car accident:

  • Relax! You will be a better problem solver if you are thinking rationally.
  • Move to a safe area, if you are able to.
  • Call the police! The police report will help identify liability for your case.
  • Take photos of the property damage and surrounding area. Remember to include photos of the license plate of the other cars involved.
  • Go to the local emergency room and get checked out right away .
  • Notify the insurance company for the car you were occupying/operating; as well as your own insurance company. You can start your no-fault claim**.
    • No-fault is able to reimburse you for lost wages and medical expenses.
  • Call us so we can start your investigation!

What to do a couple days after your accident:

  • If necessary, seek medical attention.
    • Continue to regularly follow up with these doctors and your no-fault adjuster to ensure you get better faster!
  • Stay away from social media.**

**If you are not sure what your next steps should be or want more information, visit our website or call for a free consultation. At William Mattar, we have the No Fee Until We WinSM. And that means you can afford our help. Our Buffalo car accident lawyers work on a contingency fee basis so you don’t have to worry about attorneys’ legal fees upfront—we don’t get paid unless you collect money.

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