When you’ve been injured in a car accident, it can be difficult to figure out what the next course of action should be. You might be feeling shaken, confused, and uncertain about how to proceed. That’s why we’re here to provide you with some practical advice on protecting yourself after a New Jersey car accident. Continue reading for more information.
Steps to Take After a Car Accident
There are a number of things people can do to protect themselves after being involved in an accident. These include:
- Keeping a record of all text messages, photos and videos that you might have taken as evidence. Photos are especially important for insurance claims in the case something was damaged but not fully visible to your human eye.
- If the police show up, be polite and answer their questions without lying or exaggerating any details.
- Getting copies of any police reports made at the scene from the officer(s) who responded (you may be able to request these documents). If it’s been many hours since an accident occurred and you’re feeling ignored by law enforcement officials at the scene – call our office immediately! We will go with you so that we can make sure nothing gets missed or slips through the cracks.
- Taking pictures of anything you believe is relevant to the car accident. This includes street signs, traffic lights, weather conditions and construction.
- Keeping a notebook with details about what happened, including witnesses or even any damage that didn’t show initially and seems like it could have been missed at the time.
- If there are other drivers who were involved in an accident, we suggest taking their contact information (name, phone number, driver license info). If they don’t want to give this info right away or if they refuse your request – make sure you get as much info from them anyway without violating privacy laws. If you feel like there were witnesses or if anyone is willing to talk to us about what happened, we can help get those statements collected on video too.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Claim in NJ?
New Jersey residents have two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury claim. This is known as the statute of limitations and once this window closes, so does your ability to collect compensation.
Contact a Woodland Park Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Car Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a car accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Camili & Capo, PA represent clients injured because of car accidents in Paterson, Clifton, Passaic, Wayne, and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 834-8457 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1 Lower Notch Rd, Little Falls, NJ 07424.
The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.