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What if I’m in an accident?

  1. Always make sure the police are called to the scene of an accident.
  2. Make sure you give the police your name so that it is included on the police report whether you are the owner of the car, driver or passenger inside the vehicle.
  3. If you are the driver of the vehicle and you are able to speak with the police at the scene, try to avoid admitting to fault or making any other direct comments about how the accident occurred.
  4. If you are hurt always call an ambulance and go the hospital from the scene.
  5. Obtain a copy of the police accident report or at the least get the police accident report number.
  6. If you are injured or need help handling the property damage claims, contact us at Falk & Klebanoff PC any time of the day or night.
  7. Promptly report the facts concerning the accident to your insurance company, but be careful what you discuss about the accident and injuries since most insurance companies record all conversations. If you intend to seek help with a lawyer from our office, avoid filling out any paperwork or making any statements about the accident until after meeting with us.
  8. DO NOT ACCEPT ANY MONEY FROM ANYONE INCLUDING THE INSURANCE COMPANY REPRESENTATIVES THAT MAY CONTACT YOU.
  9. Seek immediate medical care for the injuries you sustained.
  10. If the driver of the other vehicle leaves the scene before the police arrive, that does not prevent you from filing claims for injuries you sustained. Insurance policies contain special provisions that protect you in these situations.
  11. Most states, like New York and New Jersey have “No Fault” laws. These laws provide you with the opportunity to collect for certain out of pocket expenses including lost wages. The lawyers at Falk & Klebanoff PC can help you file a claim to collect these benefits.
  12. If you received injuries from your accident, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your pain and suffering. The lawyers at Falk & Klebanoff PC can explain your rights to you.

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