Auto accidents can be scary and confusing, especially if you’re injured. But to make sure you have as much support for your claim as possible, it’s important to take the following steps.
If you’ve been injured in any way, seek medical attention as soon as possible. This medical documentation is important evidence for your claim. Even if you feel fine at first, you should pay close attention to your health in the aftermath of the accident.
Medical treatment should be your first priority. But if possible, it’s also a good idea to take pictures and/or video of the entire accident scene. This includes capturing images of the vehicles, the surrounding area, and your injuries.
Under N.J. Statute 39:4-130, if you’re a driver involved in a car accident, you must report it to the police “by the quickest means of communication” if it resulted in: – injury or death, and/or – vehicle damage or damage to any other property in an apparent amount of at least $500.
You should also notify your insurance company as soon as possible after the accident. This is true even if it was a very minor accident like a fender-bender or you think it was the other driver’s fault. Not reporting the accident to your insurance company can affect your ability to get compensation.
If you’re injured in an auto accident, consulting a personal injury lawyer should be a top priority — regardless of who you think is at fault.
If you’re worried about how you’ll pay for a lawyer, the good news is that it’s standard for personal injury lawyers to take cases on a “contingency fee” basis. The fees will come out of your final settlement or verdict. If your lawyer doesn’t win anything for you, you won’t have to pay.
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