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Steps to take following an automobile accident

Most drivers in New York and around the country will be involved in an accident of some sort at one time or another. The vast majority of motor vehicle collisions involve human error, but this may not always be reflected in police reports if no road users were seriously injured and investigations were perfunctory. This can make things difficult for accident victims who wish to pursue civil remedies, so gathering as much pertinent information as possible in the immediate aftermath of a crash can be extremely important.

After injured road users have been tended to and damaged vehicles have been cleared from the road, accident victims should do their best to gather information from the other driver or drivers involved. This should include their driver's license information, their insurance companies and policy numbers and the make and plate numbers of their vehicles. Most modern cellphones feature powerful cameras, and since many have video recording capabilities, the images and footage they capture can be powerful evidence in a car accident lawsuit.

In addition to speaking with other drivers, car accident victims may wish to canvass the crash scene for bystanders who may have witnessed the events unfold. Corroborating testimony from individuals who have no reason to lie can sway juries, but many people remain silent because they feel uncomfortable dealing with police officers. Accident victims should also seek medical attention and document their injuries.

Experienced personal injury attorneys may conduct their own accident investigations when police reports are inconclusive or vague. These efforts could involve speaking with individuals who live or work near the accident scene and may have been overlooked by the police. They may also check the area for security or red light cameras that could have captured the events in question.

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