At the worst, car accidents are traumatic. At the least, an accident will derail your immediate plans and force you to deal with the aftermath. It’s natural to want to minimize the ordeal directly following an accident and get on with your day, but it’s important to resist the urge. Following an accident, there are certain steps that are necessary to take to protect your rights. Read on for more information.
Steps to Take Immediately Following an Accident
Directly following an accident, you need to get out of your car. Even when you believe the damage may be minor, it’s important to get out and check. Depending on the location of the crash, you may need to wait outside of the vehicle at the shoulder of the road until help arrives. When passengers are unable to get out of the vehicle, others may need to help direct traffic temporarily until help arrives. Once you are out of harms way, you need to begin taking steps to protect yourself and your rights. Below are some helpful tips to help you.
- Always call the police. This step will help provide documentation and proof that an accident occurred. It will also initiate an initial investigation into the crash.
- Always seek out prompt medical care. If you don’t think your injuries are serious, then it may be possible to schedule a doctor’s appointment. It is best, however, to go to the emergency room to ensure your well-being. In many cases, serious injuries are not immediately apparent directly after a crash.
- Always ask for the other driver’s information like their vehicle type, license plate number, driver’s name, telephone number and insurance information.
- Take photographs where possible
- Collect witness information when possible
Pitfalls to Avoid After an Accident
In addition to successfully completing the steps you should take after a crash, it’s equally important not to make these common mistakes.
- Never leave the scene of an accident
- Do not move your vehicle unless absolutely necessary. The police will want to see and document the evidence provided by the car’s locations.
- Never admit fault or apologize about the incident. This information could be used against you later.
- Do not agree to a settlement without consulting with an attorney
Contact a Clifton Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party, or their insurance company, to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Silverman & Roedel represent clients injured because of car accidents in Clifton, Paterson, Wayne, Newark, East Orange, Hackensack, Garfield and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-772-6411 or email us to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1187 Main Avenue, Suite 2C, Clifton, NJ.
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