Syracuse personal injury attorney Joe Stanley, of The Stanley Law Offices, lists the top five tips regarding what to do if involved in an automobile accident.
According to the Association for Safe International Road Travel, 20-50 million people each year are injured or disabled as a result of car accidents. “Automobile accidents occur numerous times every day throughout the nation, and many of us, unfortunately, will eventually be involved in one,” said personal injury attorney Joe Stanley, founder of The Stanley Law Offices.
In order to educate drivers on what to do if involved in an auto accident, Stanley lists the following five tips:
No. 1: Call 911. “You should also seek medical attention immediately, if necessary,” noted Stanley.
No. 2: Place flares or warning lights to alert traffic. It is imperative after doing this to then check on all potentially injured parties and stabilize any injured person(s) to the best of one’s ability until help arrives.
No. 3: Leave no stone unturned at the scene. This entails interviewing witnesses, talking with authorities, taking photographs and obtaining detailed information that may be tough to either remember or retrieve later on. “If you have one on your cell phone, use your voice recorder to record all comments made by involved parties and witnesses,” added Stanley.
No. 4: Do not talk about the accident. “You should always provide your insurance and driver’s license information to the other drivers, but never talk about the accident,” stressed Stanley. “Refrain from making any statements without consulting your accident attorney first.”
No. 5: Consult with a personal injury attorney. “If you are asked to sign any documents you don’t understand, talk to a personal injury lawyer,” concluded Stanley. “Having representation is the best way to make sure your rights are protected, especially if the accident is very serious and you may be at least partially at fault.”
About The Stanley Law Offices
The Stanley Law Offices has five offices located in central New York and northern Pennsylvania, including Syracuse, Binghamton, Watertown and Rochester, NY, as well as Montrose, PA. The firm focuses on personal injury law, workers’ compensation and accident-related law.
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