moved, nor should passengers remain in such
a vehicle. If the highway is obstructed at night,
have someone with a flashlight warn
approaching motorists. Set out flares and
reflectors if they are available.
Call traffic officials
Request the presence of a police officer or
highway official and give briefly the basic
facts. The official report may help you later if
any liability claim is made.
Trade facts with other drivers
Obtain the names and addresses of all other
drivers involved, along with the names and
addresses of other passengers. Also note the
ownership, license number, year and make of
all cars involved in the accident.
If possible, obtain the names of the
insurance companies and the policy numbers
covering the other autos in the accident. By
law, an insurance policy information card must
be carried in every vehicle licensed In New
York State. These cards can be your source for
Get the names and addresses of as
many witnesses as possible
Witnesses will be a tremendous help to you
in any subsequent court action, if there is any
question of liability involved. Get the names,
addresses and telephone numbers of as many
witnesses as possible. If they refuse to identify
themselves, jot down the license numbers of
Do not discuss the accident with the
witnesses. Do not give their names to anyone
but the police, your attorney or your insurance
This pamphlet, which is based on New York law,
is intended to inform, not to advise. No one should
attempt to interpret or apply any law without the
aid of an attorney. Produced by the New York State
Bar Association Committee on Public Relations in
cooperation with the Torts, Insurance &
Compensation Law Section.
NEW YORK STATE BAR ASSOCIATION
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