Fulfilling the Burden of Proof After a New Jersey Car Accident

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If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. However, in order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will have to fulfill the burden of proof. Read on to learn more about fulfilling the burden of proof after a New Jersey car accident.

Steps to take after a car accident:

To recover compensation after an accident, you will have to prove that your injuries are a direct result of another party’s negligence. This is known as fulfilling the burden of proof. You can collect evidence by:

  • Calling the police
    • The police can send an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, clear the roads, and more.
  • Seek medical attention
    • One of the most important things you can do for yourself and for your personal injury case is to seek medical attention. This will ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. This can play a large role in your case, so be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
  • Document the scene
    • While waiting for the ambulance to arrive, take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. If possible, capture the damage done to all vehicles and property involved.
  • Obtain witness contacts
    • If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Ask for their name and contact information.
  • Contact an attorney
    • An experienced personal injury attorney may be able to obtain evidence that you could not access yourself. This may include security camera footage from the scene, police reports, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

It will not matter how much evidence you have if you do not file your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will mean forfeiting your right to take legal action, therefore losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you need and deserve.

If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, our firm will fight for you. Reach out today to discuss your case.


To learn more about how we can help you after sustaining an injury due to no fault of your own, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or contact us online.