If you get into an auto accident, you may want to pursue compensation later. If you have serious injuries, end up missing work, and believe that someone else was to blame for the accident, you are well within your right to sue. However, you need to be sure that you avoid some common mistakes that people make after accidents. These errors can hurt your case or cause other headaches. So heed the advice of our Monmouth County car accident attorneys and take the necessary steps to protect yourself.
Do I Have to Call the Cops After an Auto Accident?
One error that some people make is not calling the cops after an accident. New Jersey requires you to call them if the accident hurt anybody or caused more than $500 in damage, but sometimes drivers think that their accident is less serious than it actually is.
This means that if there are actually injuries or greater repair expenses than expected, there is now no police report to use as evidence. A police report can tell you a lot about the accident scene, the drivers involved, and who could be to blame. So be sure to call the cops even if the accident is minor.
How Long Do I Have to Sue After an Auto Accident?
Another error that many people make when they get into an accident is waiting too long to sue. You actually have a limited amount of time to pursue legal action after you or a loved one gets injured in an auto accident.
New Jersey gives you two years. That can seem like a long time, but you can be surprised at how quickly time can pass when you are trying to recover from injuries and get back to a normal life. You do not want to miss your chance to pursue compensation though. We recommend contacting our legal team as soon as you can. We can file your personal injury suit for you.
Is Talking to the Insurance Companies a Mistake?
Insurance companies want to get out of accidents with the least possible amount of money spent. This includes your insurance company. You may think that they are there to protect you, but your insurer really wants to protect their bottom line above all.
This is why talking to any insurance company, yours or another driver’s, is a bad idea after an accident. They can take something that you said and misconstrue it, and that could affect your ability to sue for compensation. Let your lawyer do the communicating for you. Our attorneys have plenty of experience with this and we can help you ensure that your story stays straight.
Talk to an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
When you are ready to pursue compensation, contact the Wilton Law Firm and set up an appointment, Our team would be happy to offer you a free consultation. Learn more about your legal options today.