What to Do If You’re in a New York Car Accident

by emallernee | May 23rd, 2011

May 23, 2011

Knowing what to do immediately after a car accident isn’t second nature. Between the trauma of the accident and the chaos of the roadway around you—not to mention that you may have just experienced injury and/or damage to your property—it’s easy to forget what comes next.

Review the requirements set forth by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles for the steps to take after a car accident.

DO exchange information with the other drivers involved in the car accident. This information includes your driver’s license number, insurance, and registration.

If a domestic animal or a parked vehicle was involved in the crash, DO contact the owner of the animal or the owner of the parked vehicle.

If any driver has more than $1,001 in property damage, DO file a Report of Motor Vehicle Accident within 10 days of the accident. Every party involved in the accident needs to file a report.

DO NOT neglect to file an accident report. This can result in the suspension of your license.

If a person experienced a personal injury or was killed, DO contact the police right away. Every involved driver, as well as the police, must file an accident report.

DO NOT ever leave the scene of an accident where someone was injured or killed. This is a crime.

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If you or someone you know were the victim of a New York car accident, the New York car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of William Mattar may be able to help you.