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Top five tips if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident

After an injury, it is more than just the physical pain that can take its toll. The stress of medical treatment and paying the bills can be draining.

However, the process can be made easier by following some simple tips after you have suffered a serious injury in a motor vehicle accident.

  1. Stay at the scene and call the police. If you are the driver, leaving the scene of an accident can result in criminal penalties. By calling the police, you can avoid penalties and you can ensure that everyone gets the treatment and help they need.
  2. Take pictures and notes. Get the names of everyone at the scene, including the police officers and any witnesses to the accident. Also, photos of the accident can help you ensure you have evidence of the scene if your case requires legal action.
  3. Get medical attention immediately. After an accident, the adrenaline is pumping, and you may think that you do not require medical care. However, an ache or pain after an accident may indicate a more serious injury. Seek medical treatment as soon as possible, and ask for an ambulance if necessary so you can avoid further injury.
  4. Know your insurance. New York drivers are required to carry personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. This coverage can help to pay your medical bills regardless of who is at fault in the accident. PIP coverage will also cover pedestrians, passengers and cyclists who are injured by another vehicle on the road. Additionally, your own insurance may provide coverage if you are injured in a hit-and-run accident or by an uninsured driver.
  5. Don't accept an insurance offer without speaking to a lawyer. Insurance agents are looking out for the insurer's bottom line. As a result, they may try to convince you to accept only the bare minimum of medical coverage in order to limit their costs. An attorney can assess your claim and help you get the best possible offer from the insurance company. Additionally, a lawyer can represent you in a personal injury claim to secure additional damages for pain and suffering.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Gary R. Weinberg, P.C., have extensive experience handling all types of accident cases and personal injury claims. We can help you understand your rights and options after an accident. We can also help you negotiate with the insurance company. That way, you can concentrate on your own health and recovery.

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