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New York State Automobile Accident Checklist

By September 18, 2012Personal Injury

These are steps to take when you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident. Cut along the dotted line and keep this list in your glove box or wallet for easy reference in an emergency.

At the accident scene:

  1. Telephone the police.
  2. If anyone appears to be injured:
    • Telephone for an ambulance or other appropriate transportation to a hospital.
    • Tell the investigating police officer about the injuries
    • Cooperate fully with health care providers
  3. Unless your vehicle is creating the potential for another accident, do not move it or the accident debris until you are instructed to do so by the investigating police officer.
  4. Do not discuss the accident with anyone other than the investigating police officer, your doctors, your own insurance representatives and your lawyer.
  5. Make notes of any statements made by the driver or occupants of the other vehicle as to how the accident occurred.
  6. Get the name, address, telephone number and automobile insurance information from the other driver.
  7. Get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any witnesses to the accident.
  8. If you believe the other driver may have been under the influence of drugs or alcohol, advise the investigating police officer.