Friday, March 22, 2013

Is There A Statute of Limitations for Car Accidents In New York State?

If you're in a car accident, what should you do?
First when getting into a vehicle accident, you have to stop your car. This is even more important and even imperative when your accident results in personal injury to someone, whether minor or serious.
You also have to swap information with the other driver, if they're able to exchange information with you. You should provide your name, address and the registration number of your vehicle.
Now, if the other person is not able to exchange information, presumably because the other person is injured, you have to stay at the scene and call 911.
If you don't stay at the scene, you could be charged with a crime. . There's even the possibility of jail time for fleeing the scene of an accident.
If there's a death by vehicle, you can face  jail time, if your criminal negligence caused the accident. This can be the case when the accident was a result of excessive speeding, DUI, or other forms of reckless driving. While those charges are pretty bad, fleeing from them won't make a bad situation better. It will only make the situation worse.
If you're in a car accident,
  • Collect and preserve evidence. Take pictures of scene and any injuries.

  • Take notes.  jot down what happened as soon as possible after the crash. Include details about damage and injuries if any

  • Don't say too much. If the other party's insurance company calls you, you may want to direct them to your insurance co.. Hiring a lawyer can also be a smart move, depending on the circumstances of your crash.

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