Dos & Don’ts Following a Car Accident
Sept. 9, 2022
Getting into a car accident can be a stressful and overwhelming experience. The moments following the crash can be filled with fear, confusion, and panic. Unfortunately, many people make terrible mistakes at the scene of their accident because they cannot think clearly and act rationally.
That is why it is vital to prepare well in advance by learning about the dos and don’ts following a car accident. If you have been involved in an automobile accident, you must speak with a competent attorney to find out what steps you can take in your particular case to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve.
As a personal injury attorney at Maran & Maran PC, I will work to preserve your rights and provide you with knowledgeable information and strong representation. From my office in Newark, New Jersey, I serve accident victims throughout Northern New Jersey, including Hudson, Passaic, Sussex, Essex, Bergen, Somerset, Mercer, Warren, Morris, and surrounding counties.
Things to Do and to Avoid After a Car Accident
in New Jersey
Many people do not know what to do and not do when they are in a car accident. To protect your rights and make sure that you do not violate any applicable New Jersey laws, the do’s and don’ts following a car accident include:
DON’T leave the scene. No matter how minor a car accident is, it is critical that you stay at the scene of the crash until you have exchanged information. If the police were called to the scene, you would need to wait for their arrival. Law enforcement will prepare a police report and interview witnesses and the parties involved in the crash. If you leave the scene without exchanging information, you risk facing legal repercussions for committing a hit-and-run.
DON’T discuss your case. It is not a good idea to talk about your case with anyone other than your attorney. You should also avoid posting on social media about the accident or injuries. If you are not careful with the words you choose when discussing your case, you risk jeopardizing your personal injury claim.
DON’T talk to the insurance adjuster before you consult with an attorney. You will get a call from the insurance adjuster within hours or days following your car accident. However, it is in your best interests to consult with an attorney before you answer the adjuster’s questions. Insurance adjusters work to protect the interests of their employer (the insurance company) by denying claims and paying as little as possible.
DON’T accept the insurance company’s first settlement offer. Typically, the first settlement offer you get from an insurance company is a lowball offer. The first settlement offer may not account for all your expenses and costs. You may want to contact a knowledgeable attorney to calculate the value of your personal injury claim and ensure that you are getting the compensation to which you are entitled.
DON’T neglect your injuries. Many people forego getting medical attention following a car accident. Even if you feel fine or think your injuries are minor, it is still vital to go to a hospital or see a doctor after the crash.
DO consult with an attorney. A personal injury attorney will handle all aspects of the claims process to help you obtain the compensation you deserve, allowing you to focus on your medical treatment.
DO keep records of everything. The success of your personal injury claim depends on your ability to prove several critical factors. That is why it is important to gather all available evidence and keep all records related to the vehicle damage, your injuries, and medical treatment.
DO write down everything you remember. Memories may fade over time, which is why you may not be able to remember everything that happened during your accident a few weeks or months from now.
DO keep a journal to note how your injuries are affecting your life. The effects of your injuries on your daily life and ability to work can be taken into account when calculating a settlement. So, keep a journal to record important details after the crash to strengthen your claim.
Trusted Legal Advocacy
If you were involved in a car accident, it is good to be aware of the do’s and don’ts to protect your rights. During these times of uncertainty, you may need a proficient attorney to provide personalized representation and loyal legal advocacy. At Maran & Maran PC, I help car accident victims in Newark and other parts of Northern New Jersey pursue the compensation they deserve. I have the knowledge, experience, and resources necessary to assist your specific situation. Contact my office today to request a free consultation.