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Car Accident Questions

Kingston Personal Injury Attorney answers frequently asked questions about auto accidents

What should I do on the scene of a car accident?

Documentation is one of the best ways to determine liability in an car accident. When possible, you should document the scene of your accident by taking photos with a camera or phone, gathering contact information from witnesses, and making a statement to the police. Do not admit fault during your conversations.
Get contact, insurance, and vehicle information from the other driver. Also contact your own insurance company. Again, do not admit fault, simply tell them about the accident to allow them to send an adjustor to the scene for their own documentation purposes.

What is the first thing I should do following a car accident?

Following your accident the first thing you need to do is contact your doctor and have your injuries checked out. Brain injuries and certain neck injuries may not show immediate signs, but must be caught early to avoid serious problems. Get a copy of your doctor’s findings from this visit.
After seeing your doctor, contact Kingston car accident lawyer Charles N. Rock to schedule a free case evaluation.

If insurance offers me a settlement, should I take it?

You should never accept a settlement from insurance until you have discussed you case with your accident lawyer. Insurance companies are often quick to offer settlements in an attempt to prohibit you from seeking the compensation you deserve. Please bring any communications from insurance to your initial consultation with attorney Rock.

What if I am partially to blame for my car accident?

New York follows the rule of pure comparative negligence. This means that the actions of all involved parties are considered and compensation is awarded based on what percentage of the accident each party caused. However, determining liability is not your job, it is the job of your accident lawyer. Charles Rock will investigate your accident, establish where fault should lie, and fight to get you every penny you are due.

If you have been injured in a car accident in Kingston, New Paltz, Newburgh, Middletown, New Windsor, and Poughkeepsie please contact Charles N. Rock, P.L.L.C. to schedule a free initial consultation today.