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What Should I Do Immediately After An Accident?

After an auto accident, many people are in shock from the reality of the situation. It’s understandable to feel like you just want to leave the area and return to a more comfortable place. However, there are certain steps that you should take immediately following an accident. You’ll have a better outcome as a result.

Take Account of Your Injuries

The car has just come to a complete stop. Your head is still spinning from the shock of being struck. Before you do anything else, take account of your injuries. Carefully look at your body and surroundings. Mentally note any pain or injuries. If the accident was particularly rough, don’t move your head or back. Use your cellphone to contact emergency personnel. You always want to preserve your health before worrying about the vehicle or other people.

Move to a Safe Area

If your car can still function and you’re relatively unhurt, move the vehicle to the side of the road or into a nearby parking lot. You want to put yourself in the safest area possible. Cars passing by on a busy road can actually create another accident. You could be struck again. Signal your intentions to the other party so that they know to follow your lead. Everyone should stick together at this point.

Keep Calm

Your emotions may be running hot as you finally emerge from the car. Injuries to your body and vehicle can bring up frustrating thoughts. Tell yourself to calm down as you meet the other party. They may be as irritated as you are. No situation can be rectified if everyone is upset and fails to communicate. Treat the situation as if it’s a professional scenario. You’ll be able to move through it and deal with your emotions later on.

Trade Information

Exchange information with the other driver. You’ll need their insurance information, driver’s license number, name, address and vehicle description. Ideally, don’t talk about the accident. There’s no need to figure out fault at this point. You don’t have a clear mind to think straight with stress and adrenaline coursing through your body. Verify all of the information so that the party can be contacted in the future. Fault can be figured out in the days to come.

Document the Scene

With nearly every cellphone equipped with a camera today, it’s easy to document the scene. After trading information, document the accident with several pictures. Take photos of the cars and the location. Capture wide views and closeups so that you have context for the images. These photos can be critical in the future if there are any legal ramifications. The images speak the truth.

Visit the Hospital

You may have a few scratches on your body after the accident. Skipping the hospital may be on your mind, but definitely see a doctor. Injuries that are difficult to see now may be apparent from a doctor’s perspective. Start your medical history involving the accident right now. By documenting your health, you have a better chance at having the other party pay for your damages. The person at fault usually bears the burden of covering any financial losses.

Contact Insurance and Legal Professionals

When you have a clean bill of health after the accident, contact your insurance about covering the vehicle. Your medical bills may also be a consideration. Contact your lawyer about the situation too. The accident may be a straightforward case, but your attorney can help you maneuver through any unusual circumstances. You must have your rights protected in these cases. Being unaware of certain laws can actually hurt you in the end.

Always use common sense when an accident occurs. Every situation will be unique. If you cannot complete every step as listed, simply do the best that you can. Remind yourself that this situation will pass as you recover both physically and financially with the help of your doctor and legal team.

The Spodek Law Group is a top rated law firm. We have experience handling personal injury claims. If you are in need of legal representation, we can help with personal injury claims in NYC and Los Angeles. Speak to our NYC personal injury lawyers and our Los Angeles personal injury lawyers today for a risk free consultation.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
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debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
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Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
Verified
I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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