Accidents happen… and in the moment, it can be hard to know what to do next. We hope you will never need this information, however, just in case, here is some important information from McCabe & Mack LLP partner Matthew V. Mirabile to help you be prepared to manage the unexpected.
A. Accidents can get worse with traffic tie-ups and rubbernecking, so first, determine if anyone is hurt. Call 911 right away to get the police and EMTs on the scene. Hopefully others who have witnessed the accident have already done so. Leave the cars where they are, and keep yourself and others safe by getting of the road if possible.
New York State’s Good Samaritan law protects you from a civil lawsuit, so if anyone is in severe danger, bleeding uncontrollably or in need of CPR and you are able to help, follow proper first-aid and safety protocols. Avoid moving people who are trapped or immobilized unless they are in grave and imminent danger – this should should be left to the first responders, as you would not want to exacerbate a neck or spine injury. Use common sense.
Here are some other key DOs and DON’Ts to remember while on the scene of the accident and in the days and weeks afterwards:
If you’ve been injured in an accident, we — the team at McCabe & Mack LLP — stand ready to help you. Reach out to us at any time at 845-486-6800 or sending a non-confidential message through our website.
A. Before I came to McCabe & Mack LLP, I worked for Newburgh law firm handling criminal and family law and gained valuable experience litigating in the courtroom. When I joined McCabe & Mack LLP, I continued with criminal and family law, and then began defending people and insurers who were being sued for accidents and premises liability. Over the years, I began to receive more calls to defend people who were injured in accidents. My experience on both sides of the table has definitely been an advantage in helping injured people deal with the aftermath of their accident — from no-fault filings to aggressively advocating for fair compensation for injuries.
McCabe & Mack LLP is a full service law firm that has been in business for more than 120 years, and our experienced team has expertise across a broad range of law, meaning that we can handle nearly every legal concern you may have as an individual or a business. We also are active in the community and give back by supporting and volunteering with local organizations and nonprofits.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me personally at 845-486-6850 or by email.
Matthew V. Mirabile, a partner with McCabe & Mack LLP, is a graduate of Pace University School of Law. He has more than two decades of experience representing clients who have sustained serious injuries due to auto, premise liability or other types of accidents, as well as businesses and individuals who are being sued for personal injury or property damage. Matt also represents clients charged with traffic infractions, misdemeanors or felonies in all local and county courts, and conducts all phases of criminal defense, including trial.
A native of Cornwall-on-Hudson, Matt continues to make his family home there with his wife Tamara, who is employed by Marshall & Sterling Insurance in New Windsor. They have two grown children. Matt enjoys golf and fishing, and is a longtime Yankees and Jets fan.