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Steps to Take Following a Car Accident

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that in 2011, 32,367 people died in the estimated 5,338,000 police-reported auto accidents and another 2,217,000 people were injured. With more than 5 million auto accidents happening annually, your chances of being involved in a crash at least once within your lifetime are relatively high; therefore, it's important to find out what steps you can take to protect yourself in the event you are involved in an auto accident.

Always Stop and Offer Help – If you're involved in an accident, you are required by law to stop and offer help. Providing you aren't too injured, make sure that everyone else is okay and call an ambulance if someone is hurt. If you flee the scene of an accident, you face serious criminal and administrative penalties.

Pull Over to Safety – If you can, pull your vehicle over to safety in order to prevent further accidents from occurring.

Don't Admit Guilt – Whatever you do, don't admit guilt ever. Even if you think you're at fault, don't mention it because you could be wrong. Admitting guilt to the other driver or the police could act against you later on when it comes to filing a claim with the insurance company. When speaking with police and the insurance company, stick to the facts.

Exchange Information – This is critical for filing an insurance claim. Be sure to exchange identifying information with the other driver such as contact number, driver's license number, insurance information, license plate number etc. If you fail to get the other driver's information, your chances of filing a claim with their insurance carrier are next to nothing.

Document the Scene – It's a wise idea to document the scene. These days most people have a cell phone handy with photo and video capabilities. It's a good idea to take pictures of where the vehicles landed, any skid marks, the weather and any road conditions that might have contributed to the accident. If you can also video the scene and the surroundings, this data can also help your case.

Gather Witness Information – If there were any eyewitnesses at the scene, get their names and phone numbers.

Call the Police – Call the police to the scene of the accident so they can file a police report. When there is a police report it expedites claims and ensures that the other driver's information is recorded.

Seek Medical Help – If you were injured, be sure to seek medical attention right away and be sure to mention to any medical providers that your injuries are from your recent car accident.

Ilkhanoff & Silverstein, Serving York & Lancaster

Once you've sought medical help, immediately contact a York car accident attorney from Ilkhanoff & Silverstein. You do not want to represent yourself in a car accident claim because as a non-attorney you wouldn't know how much money you were entitled to receive. Having a lawyer represent you against the other driver's insurance company is the best insurance you can have when involved in an accident.

By hiring our firm, you will have the greatest opportunity to receive the most compensation available to you.

If you were injured in a car accident in York or Lancaster, Pennsylvania, contact a York injury lawyer from Ilkhanoff & Silverstein to learn more about how we can help you seek the compensation you deserve.

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