A car accident victim should not get stuck paying for medical bills, automotive repair costs, and any other expenses stemming from a crash that was not their fault. That’s why it is imperative that anyone who is involved in a serious auto accident in New Jersey take steps to protect themselves against insurance companies who resist paying accident claims.
The unfortunate reality is that many auto insurance providers intentionally make the claims process complicated because they hope that accident victims will get frustrated and eventually settle for low amounts. In fact, some insurance companies have an unwritten policy of making low settlement offers to accident victims who lack qualified legal representation.
If you were involved in an auto accident in New Jersey, here are some of the top things you can do to ensure that the insurance company does not take advantage of you:
- Remain at the Scene: Do not panic or flee the scene of the accident. You could be arrested for doing so. Moreover, leaving the scene will hurt your accident claim.
- Report the Accident to the Police: Get an official police accident report.
- Report the Accident to Your Insurance Company: Make sure that you notify your insurance provider in a timely fashion.
- Get Contact Info for the Other Driver: You may need to reach out to the other motorist’s insurance provider at some point, so try to get as much information as possible.
- Get Contact Info for Witnesses: If anyone else saw the accident, get their contact information in case you need to speak with them later.
- Seek Medical Attention: Do not let your injuries linger. See a doctor and make sure that you are not seriously hurt. Even if you don’t feel any pain after the car accident, let a doctor take a closer look and make sure that you don’t have a “delayed” injury like whiplash.
- Call a Lawyer: Let an experienced personal injury lawyer investigate the accident scene, inspect the motor vehicles involved, and determine all of the potentially liable parties.
The experienced personal injury attorneys at Silverman & Roedel LLC are prepared to assist you with your NJ car accident claim. Contact us today to discuss your case and to explore your best legal options.
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