Top New York Automobile Accident Lawyers – Video
The New York automobile accident lawyers of Schwartzapfel Lawyers P.C. provide dedicated representation to clients who need help with all kinds of cases. With more than 150 years of combined experience, we’ve built a reputation for success with our clients, judges, lawyers and the insurance companies.
My name is Steve Schwartzapfel. I represent people that have been injured when somebody else broke the rules. I seek to go ahead and hold that person accountable.
Often, when somebody’s involved in a new york auto accident, they’re in a state of shock, a state of disbelief. They’re not certain what to do. So, let me share with you certain things that you should do to protect yourself and your family.
First, cars off the road. I can’t tell you how many accidents I’ve seen where people leave their cars. Get out, look at the damage in the middle of a freeway, and often stand between the vehicles such that they exposed themselves to further injury.
Looking at the property damage while the vehicle is still on the traveled portion of the highway is extremely dangerous.
Next, call 911. Summon the police even if the other side says, or the person who hit you says, “We don’t need the police. We’ll take care of it,” call the police. You don’t know if the person is insured, has no insurance, or is going to just leave the scene.
Next thing, take photographs. Use your cell camera. Take photographs of the property damage, of the surroundings, of the vehicles, of any injuries you have.
Next, get the information from the driver. The other drivers obligated to go ahead and give his name, license, insurance card. Get the insurance company and the serial number.
Also, get the names of witnesses. Very often there’s witnesses, bystanders, good samaritans, that come to your aid and they’re there to help you, and you’re not thinking clearly. Make certain you get witnesses statements, names, and addresses because what you need to do is preserve the evidence early on.
When the police or ambulance arrive, and you are feeling any pain, however minor, go in the ambulance to the emergency room. Very often, there’s a latency period. A lot of injuries don’t occur until much later on. In fact, the insurance company will argue that you must have not have been seriously injured, even though later you may require surgery, because you didn’t go in the ambulance. So, that may be embarrassing. If you feel any discomfort or pain, get in the ambulance.
Once you’re at the hospital, don’t exaggerate, but go ahead and document, share every complaint or concern you have with the doctor, however minor.
In the event you sustained a fracture, the doctor is going to be looking just at the broken arm. But if your knee hurts, or shoulder hurts, or ankle hurts, let them know. Document it. Because, the defense and insurance companies will lay to claim you must have hurt yourself elsewhere, even if you complain a week later. Because, at the time you went to the hospital, you did not voice a complaint. So, you’re going to get in the ambulance, and you go to the hospital, you give every complaint, however minor, to the doctors.
If you are involved in a New York auto accident, these are the things you should do.
First, get the vehicles off the road
Two, call the police.
Three, take photographs.
Four, exchange the contact information. Name, address, the insurance company, make, and model of the vehicle, license plate number, insurance company information. Any witnesses that were present get their names, numbers, contact information.
The police show up, do not give a statement. Do not admit fault.
Next, go to the emergency room. Give all complaints, however minor.
Lastly, follow up with the insurance company and, most importantly, call me. I will help you through this difficult and stressful process.