In recent months, auto accidents are on the rise in New Jersey. While some accidents can simply be due to human error, others can be caused by negligent driving. These accidents can have devastating outcomes, which is why injured parties can pursue legal action against negligent parties. When dealing with the aftermath of an accident, it is important to know what steps to take in order to get the most of the situation. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney for help with your case.
What do I do After an Accident?
No matter the type of vehicle you drive or are involved in an accident with, you should take the following steps to works towards the success of a future claim:
- Call the police even if the other party tells you not to. The police can keep the scene safe, draft an official police report, take witness statements, and more.
- Do not apologize. This can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault. Instead, be polite and avoid issuing any apologies.
- Take pictures or video of the scene, including any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, bloodstains, inclement weather or poor road conditions.
- Record the contact information of any witnesses as well as the registration information of the vehicles involved.
- Seek medical attention immediately even if you do not feel injured, as symptoms can manifest later on. Be sure to see a doctor for an official diagnosis.
Pursuing Legal Action
After an auto accident occurs, the injured party can pursue legal action by filing a personal injury claim. In doing so, they are required to prove negligence took place, thus causing the accident and their injuries. This can be done by gathering proper evidence from the scene, as discussed above. This can include medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness statements, a police report, and more. If successful in proving negligence, compensation may be awarded as coverage for any damages relating to the accident.
Contact our Firm
Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.