If you do much driving, you’ll unfortunately probably be involved in a car accident sooner or later. Whether it’s a simple fender bender or something much worse, the collision will almost certainly require making a claim with either the other driver’s or your own insurance company. Although no two accidents are ever exactly alike, there are several steps that you should follow in order to maintain the best chance of being fairly compensated for the losses you incur.
First Things First
The most important first step in any accident is to make sure that everyone involved in the accident is safe and unharmed. If there is any indication that anyone has been injured, do not hesitate to call the paramedics or 911 (if necessary). Even minor accidents can result in injury, and it is vital not only for the safety of those involved but also for the ultimate success of any claim of damages that you seek prompt medical attention.
Additionally, call the police and request that an officer be sent to the scene of the accident to create an accident report, which can ultimately be very important to your case. Finally, don’t forget to get contact information from any witnesses and get contact, vehicle, and insurance information from any other drivers who are involved.
It’s always important to seek prompt medical treatment for any injury, and if you’ve been in a car accident, it’s important to let your doctor know. Make sure that you complete any treatments as prescribed, and if your condition doesn’t improve, consider obtaining a second opinion. Any claim for monetary damages based on bodily injury will strongly depend upon thorough medical documentation of your injuries as they relate to the accident and of the effect your injuries have had on your life.
Contact your car insurance company to report your accident as soon as it’s feasible to do so. You should also report the collision to the other driver’s insurance company. But it’s important to remember that, especially if you’ve incurred an injury in the accident, it might very well be in your best interests to seek legal advice from an experienced personal injury attorney first. Insurance companies can be daunting to deal with in the best of times; after an accident, the burden multiplies. A skilled lawyer with expertise in claim settlement negotiations can guide you through this difficult process.
Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney Today
Car accident claims can be very complex and the insurance companies that you have to deal with might not always put your best interests at the forefront. Being involved in an accident can leave you not only anxious but also injured. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help. David H. Kaplan, Attorney at Law has the experience, expertise, skill, and commitment to fight for your personal injury claim. For a free consultation, please give us a call at 973-426-0021 today.