What to Do After a Car Accident in New Jersey
An automobile accident can be a traumatic and life-altering incident, with implications that extend to various areas of your life from your emotional well-being to your ability to earn income. With such catastrophic personal and financial consequences at stake, it is extraordinarily important to understand the correct course of action when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, from the moment your vehicle feels an impact to the point at which your claim is settled and your case is closed.
The attorneys at Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington are well-versed in New Jersey law pertaining to motor vehicle accidents, injuries, and litigation. Our aggressive yet compassionate team of personal injury lawyers will walk you through every stage of this stressful process, allowing you to focus on your recovery and the task of resuming your regular life.
For an immediate consultation with an attorney who will evaluate every facet of your case free of charge, providing you with an understanding of each of your options, contact the offices of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington at 732-440-3950 or submit an online contact form.
What to do After an Auto Accident in Monmouth County NJ
Below is a list of some of the crucial “need-to-knows” when you or someone you love is involved in a motor vehicle accident. Being aware of the facts below can significantly influence your level of success as you seek to obtain the compensation that you deserve after sustaining an injury.
At the Scene of the Accident:
- Immediately stop your vehicle, call the police, and do not leave the scene until law enforcement officials arrive, conduct questioning, take any statements, and clear you to leave (leaving the scene of an accident can be a traffic violation and a criminal charge in New Jersey)
- Evaluate whether you, your passenger/(s), or the occupants of the other vehicle have been injured and if so, immediately call emergency medical services (EMS)
- Document with pictures of the accident site, your vehicle, and/or your injuries, as well as weather conditions, the posted speed limit, your estimated speed at the time of the crash, and your estimation of the other driver’s speed
- Exchange information with the other driver, ensuring that you take their name, address, telephone number, license plate number, driver’s license number, and auto insurance information
- If their are any witnesses, obtain their names and contact information
- DO NOT ADMIT FAULT
- Obtain the investigating officer’s information, as well as the police report/incident number so that you can later obtain the full accident report
Immediately Following the Accident:
- Seek medical attention, even if you sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident
- Consult an attorney for legal advice
- Review your insurance policy
- Inform your insurance provider
- Document with whom you spoke, their job titles, phone numbers, and exactly what your conversation entailed
Ongoing Until Your Case is Resolved:
- Retain all receipts documenting expenditures for medical bills, car rentals, and any other purchases resulting from the accident
- Do not accept any offers from your insurance company related to losses or damages resulting from the accident until you speak with your attorney
What to do After a Motor Vehicle Accident in Ocean County NJ
The law firm of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington unites experience with compassion, with attorneys who serve as passionate legal advocates for each of their clients. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey or if you are a New Jersey resident who was involved in a motor vehicle accident in another state, contact us online or call 732-440-3950 as soon as possible for a free consultation.