What Should I Do After a Car Accident?
Answers from Our South Jersey Accident Lawyers
Nobody ever wants to be in a car collision, but with at least one accident occurring every minute in the U.S., they can happen to even the safest of drivers. There are important steps to take immediately after a car accident occurs to help protect your rights of which many NJ motorists are unaware. As experienced car accident attorneys, our firm provides the following list of what to do, and, more importantly, what not to do if you find yourself dealing with the consequences of a motor vehicle accident.
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During a free claim consultation, we will give you an honest review of your case and about whether we can help you or not. Call today and let us point you in the right direction.
What to Do After a Car Accident
- Stop your vehicle or drive it to a nearby place where it is safe to stop. Even in the smallest of collisions, failure to stop and speak with the other driver can result in criminal penalties.
- Call the police and request medical help, if necessary. This is important in any vehicle collision scenario, especially if it appears that you, your passengers or people in the other vehicle have sustained injuries. Even if you initially feel alright, you should still be checked by a professional to ensure you have not sustained a traumatic brain injury or damage to the spinal cord, which may not be immediately apparent. If medical attention is not needed, you still need the police to come and make a report of the incident. Should you need to pursue legal action against the other driver or their insurance company, the police report will prove to be valuable evidence.
- Take pictures. It is important to visually document the site of the collision. Any photos are useful, even ones from a low-quality cellphone camera.
- Call your insurance agent. You should report the accident to your own insurance company as soon as you are safe and have had any injuries treated, but only explain the simple facts as you know them to be true—do not guess about what happened. Do not speak with another driver’s insurance company without first consulting with a personal injury attorney. Insurance companies may attempt to make you admit fault or partial fault for an accident. They tape record all conversations and will use your statements against you.
Is Legal Action a Good Idea after a Car Accident?
It is possible that the other driver’s insurance will cover the medical costs and repair expenses that result from the collision. However, this is not always the case. You may need to pursue damages and compensation through a personal injury lawsuit or accident claim. One of our South Jersey accident lawyers can help you decide if legal action is the best way to proceed.
Our South Jersey Accident Lawyers are Available to Help
Hopefully, you and your loved ones never suffer serious injuries in an automobile collision. However, car accidents are sadly frequent and sometimes deadly. If you or a family member has been injured in a vehicle collision, you can contact our office for free advice about your potential accident claim. A South Jersey accident lawyer at our firm can help explain your rights and best options for legal action. You may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the negligence driver and their insurance policy to gain compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering that resulted from the crash.
Our Cape May and Atlantic City law offices are always ready to welcome new clients from Middle Township and Lower Township, including residents of Somers Point, the Villas and Rio Grande. Contact our office today for a free consultation.