Car accidents can happen anywhere, but thanks to the data we have from agencies like the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, we actually know more about where accidents are more common. Accidents are likely to occur on rural roads, at intersections, and in parking lots. We can also see that accidents are likely to happen close to home, within 25 miles of a victim’s residence. No matter where you get into an accident, our Westchester County car accident attorneys are ready to assist you.

What Can I Do to Avoid Car Accidents?

Once you know where accidents are most common, you can take some steps to reduce your chances of getting into a collision. We recommend that you:

Avoid speeding: Whether you are on a two-lane road in a more rural area or navigating a packed parking lot, going too fast is almost always going to be a bad idea.

Drop the distractions: It can be easy to get into a collision if you are paying more attention to your phone than your surroundings.

Stay engaged: Many accidents happen close to home because we are comfortable there. Try to avoid going on autopilot and make sure that you are really paying close attention to what is happening around you.

What Kind of Evidence Can Be Used to Determine Fault in Car Accidents?

After car accidents, it is important to determine fault. All kinds of evidence can be used to figure out who is to blame for the collision and any injuries caused. A lawyer can use any of the following to make their case:

  • Witness testimony
  • Surveillance footage
  • Police reports
  • Testimony from accident reconstruction experts

What Should I Do After an Accident?

After an accident, you should pull over and make sure that everyone involved in the accident and their vehicles are located somewhere safe and out of the flow of traffic. Then you should take pictures of the cars, the accident scene, and any injuries that you have. Call the police and have them fill out a report. Get the information of any other involved drivers or witnesses.

Then you should get medical care. Even if you do not think that your injuries are serious, going to the doctor as soon as possible is recommended. Adrenaline can often mask some pain after an accident.

Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney?

You are not required to hire a personal injury attorney, but one can do a lot to help you with your case. Proving negligence can be tough, but an experienced lawyer can put together a convincing case and help you fight for the best possible outcome.

Contact Our Legal Team

If you or a loved one have been injured in a car accident, contact Hausman & Pendzick. We can schedule a consultation and tell you more about your legal options, the potential value of your case, and what our attorneys can do to be of assistance.