Getting into a car accident is a scary experience at any time, let alone one that happens during a national pandemic. Despite the lower number of cars on the road, accidents can occur and there is still a chance of serious injury or death. COVID-19 has increased the amount of stress that people are under, and the anxiety that they are carrying with them can affect their driving abilities.
Before you begin driving, whether it is a short or long-distance drive, ensure that you car is prepared for anything. In case of an emergency, always keep your information written on a piece of paper in your car for first responders to refer to. This information should include your name, age, current medications, and an emergency contact. It is also important to keep a mask and keep gloves in your car for times when an accident requires you to exit your vehicle and interact with others.
What do I do After a Car Accident Happens?
Social distancing should be practiced if you are able to do so. Social distancing means that you keep your distance from people, even at the scene of the accident. Instead of handing over personal documents, exchange information verbally or exchange numbers so that you can text necessary information. Always take pictures of the scene for evidence and never flee the scene. Despite the current social distance guidelines implemented by the Center of Disease Control (CDC), wait until the police tell you it is safe to leave.
What if I Need Medical Attention?
The COVID-19 virus has taken over our hospitals and medical centers, but if you are injured in a car accident, do not delay seeking medical attention. Your injuries could be worse than you think and can lead to problems in the future. If you do not feel comfortable seeing your doctor about minimal injuries, there are virtual health services available. If you do end up seeking medical help, keep all records for your claim.
Why is my Claim Process Taking so Long?
Due to the pandemic, insurance companies are delayed in resolving claims and personal injury lawsuits. If an insurance company offers an early settlement offer, wait until you consult with a car accident attorney before taking the deal. Insurance companies offer these settlements to end the case quickly, but you may not be getting the most out of your claim.
Brooklyn Car Accident Lawyers at Eaton & Torrenzano Help Car Accident Victims During the COVID-19 Pandemic
If you have injuries from a car accident, contact one of our accomplished Brooklyn car accident lawyers at Eaton & Torrenzano as soon as possible. The pandemic has closed a lot of businesses, but ours is still open, and our legal team is ready to fight for the rights of car accident victims. Call us at 718-332-7766 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Brooklyn and Staten Island, New York, and Hillsborough, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients throughout Kings County and Richmond County, including Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, the Bronx, and Manhattan.