What to Do After a Car Accident
In New Jersey, there has been a rise in car accidents and fatal crashes despite the pandemic. In 2020, there were 585 fatalities from motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey, up 4.8% from the previous year. An injury from an automobile accident causes not only physical harm but also emotional and financial distress. Insurance companies usually do not cover the total medical expenses incurred from a car accident. At the GC Law Firm, we help individuals receive full and fair compensation for their injuries and will fight insurance companies to obtain just compensation for our clients.
If you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, utilize this guide to help you protect your rights and obtain compensation for your damages:
- Call 911 & Get Medical Help: The first thing you should do if you are involved in an accident is call 911 to have the police and medical help dispatched to you. Your health is of the utmost importance and should be taken care of immediately. Even if you don’t feel that you have been injured, it is important to get checked out by a medical professional. You may be unaware of your injuries due to the initial adrenaline rush. If you receive medical treatment at the hospital or another doctor, ensure that they provide you with documentation about your injuries that may be used in your personal injury claim.
- Get Insurance Information: If you are able, while you are waiting for the ambulance and police to arrive, ask the other driver(s) involved in the crash for their insurance information. Take note of their insurance information or take a picture to make sure you have all the necessary information. You can also ask any witnesses for their contact information if you need them to confirm the details of the accident and your claim later on.
- Document the Scene: To receive fair compensation, it is important to be able to prove your injuries resulted from the accident. As soon as possible, you should take photos of the accident, including the other vehicles involved, road and weather conditions that may have led to the accident, the other drivers involved, and the condition of your own vehicle. You should also take photos of your injuries with time stamps to prove that you sustained the injuries due to the motor vehicle accident. Otherwise, the other driver and their insurance provider could claim that your injuries were caused by another event or as a result of your own negligence.
- File A Police Report: A police report serves as a record of the incident. Some people try to skip this in fear of repercussions from their car insurance company, but it is crucial to have an accurate record of the incident that can be used to receive coverage or in a lawsuit. You should also obtain the contact information from the police officer that filed the report in case you need to contact him or her in the future.
- Call an Experienced Attorney: Do not settle your automobile accident claim before you speak with an experienced attorney specializing in New Jersey personal injury cases. Your attorney can advise you of all of the coverage and money you are entitled to.
Being involved in a car accident can be overwhelming and can cause you physical, emotional, and financial distress. At the Law Offices of George Christopoulos, our New Jersey personal injury attorneys have litigated claims to help our clients receive full and fair compensation for their injuries. Contact us today at 201-488-1825 or through our website to get started!