Despite lockdowns throughout the state of New Jersey over the last few months due to the pandemic, there has been a rise in traffic accidents and fatalities on the road. When drivers act negligently on the road, they can cause serious accidents that result in potentially life-changing injuries to those who are involved. In the event that you find yourself in this situation, it is important to know what to do. Continue reading below to learn more and contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What do I do After an Accident?
Whether it may be a car, truck, motorcycle, or bike accident, there are certain steps to take after the fact that can benefit you in the long run. It is important to remain calm after an accident so that you can handle the situation with a clear head. This will allow you to handle the following steps to the best of your ability:
- Call the police. This should be done even if the other party involved tells you not to. The police can keep the scene safe, draft an official police report, take witness statements, and more.
- Do not apologize. It is understandable that it can be an impulse to apologize for your involvement in an accident. However, this can sometimes be seen as an admission of fault. Instead, it is important to just be polite and avoid apologies.
- Take pictures or video of the scene. This can include any broken glass, deployed airbags, skid marks, and bloodstains as well as any poor weather or road conditions.
- Record important information. Be sure to obtain contact information from any witnesses and document the registration information of the vehicles involved before leaving the scene.
- Seek immediate medical attention even if you do not feel injured at the moment. This is because it is possible for symptoms to show later on. While emergency responders can conduct medical examinations on the scene, be sure to see a doctor for an official diagnosis.
Pursuing Legal Action
After a traffic accident happens, injured parties can pursue legal action in order to hold the driver liable for their negligent behavior. This is possible through filing a personal injury claim. During this time, the injured party is required to prove negligence occurred and directly caused their injuries. This can be done with evidence such as medical documentation of the injuries, pictures or video of the scene, witness statements, a police report, and more. If the injured party successfully proves negligence, they may be able to recover compensation for any damages due to the accident.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.