In recent years, the state of New York has seen a tremendous increase in the number of auto accident cases and therefore, a number of different car accident claims from the injured parties. While some might attribute the rise to the increase in the number of younger drivers, most experts believe the issue is a bit more involved and likely has to do with the increase in the number of drivers on the road as a whole. According to Mr. Joel Levine, a top auto accident attorney at Levine &Wiss, the sheer volume of vehicles and road congestion has meant the roads throughout the major cities in the state have become quite susceptible to car accidents. And with such an increase, these numbers may only get worse as time goes on. With motor vehicle accidents being such a concern amongst New Yorkers in this day and age, it is vital that we understand exactly what should be done in the case when you yourself are involved in one. According to Mr. Levine, a top auto accident attorney, there are a number of common mistakes individuals will make following their accident and this can cost them thousands of dollars in the long term and even put them at risk of jail time – it is vital to avoid such issues, as they can truly dampen your case. Here are some of the most common and most costly mistakes people make following a car accident.
· “Hit and Run” – Leaving the Scene
This is definitely one of the most common and most popular mistakes an individual might make following their car accident. And despite this instance being quite common, it is also one of the biggest crimes in terms of auto accidents – essentially a hit and run incident. No matter if you are the one at fault or the one who was the victim, fleeing the scene will almost always result in some type of criminal charge and will likely have to pay a huge fine – if not having your privilege to drive taken away forever.
· Not Having a Police Report Made
It is vital to call 911 and make a police report after ANY accident, no matter how small you might think it is. As an auto accident attorney, Mr. Levine advises his clients to ALWAYS get a police report done. Even in instances where someone might tap your bumper and produce a slight scratch, without a police report they can damage their car and call the police themselves, claiming that you hit them and fled. Without having the police document exactly what happened it is very difficult to tell what happened. The police report provides you an official record of what happened, when and who was the main party at fault. The thing to do after an accident is to stop at a safe area, pull over, assess your health and well being as well as the well being of the other party, check your vehicle, assess the damage and call 911.
· Overreact or React with Violence
This will only end badly for you. No matter how upset you might be, car accidents happen all the time, keep your cool and contact the authorities immediately. As the top auto accident attorney Long Island has in practice, Mr. Levine and his team, had to take on many cases in which his clients have had to file a claim against a party due to an assault, and the other party’s anger allowed them to win the case, despite the client being the at-fault driver in the accident itself. In some instances, if either party might have a weapon on them, it can lead to worse issues, and even end up causing one party life-threatening injury, or even death.
For more information on car accident claims or to file one yourself, be sure to contact Levine & Wiss today.