You are understandably shaken and you are covered in glass. A car accident can turn your entire world upside down without a moment’s notice. When it does, you may not be thinking clearly.
Whether you believe you were the cause of the accident or you are certain your weren’t, keeping your mouth shut at the accident scene is your best course of action. Tell your story to an experienced lawyer who will be able to protect your rights if you wind up facing charges or fight for the compensation you deserve if you were injured or your car was damaged.
Admit nothing. You will be questioned by police, emergency personnel, the other driver, witnesses, etc. Be polite and cordial and give out the information they need such as your name, address, etc. However, save your apologies. Even saying something that seems harmless such as “I didn’t even see that stop sign” can come back to haunt you later on. The other driver’s lawyer can turn that declaration into an admission of liability.
Instead, talk to witnesses if you are not hurt. Find out information you may not know. Perhaps you think you did something wrong but someone else saw something that ran in front of your car! Often, it’s not possible for the people in the accident to determine fault. Besides, that’s not your job. That’s why law enforcement is on the scene.
If you have been in a car accident and need legal representation, or if you have been hurt and want to sue for compensation for your injuries, contact the experienced lawyers at the Wilton Law Firm. We represent people in Monmouth and Ocean counties in New Jersey.