What To Do After An Auto Accident
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The moments after a car accident can be a blur of activity. Naturally, the most important issue is whether anyone involved in the accident has been hurt. After addressing any physical injuries, your mind may be racing, uncertain as to where to go from there.
Knowing what to do after an auto accident in New Jersey can have a real impact on the strength of your accident claim and the outcome of your case. At Bramnick, Rodriguez, Grabas, Arnold & Mangan, LLC, our knowledgeable accident attorneys are experienced and knowledgeable — we have been advocating on behalf of injured victims since 1984. Our dedicated team protects the rights of those injured in car accidents and holds at-fault parties accountable for their negligence.
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It may be natural for you to want to tell your friends all about your car accident, down to the last detail. You may even want to reach for your cell phone after your accident to post on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, or another social media platform. Don’t.
What you say and what you do after a car accident can have a negative impact on your car accident injury claim. Sharing a photo of the accident scene may raise questions regarding the seriousness of your injuries if you felt well enough to take the time to take pictures and post when perhaps you should have been receiving medical attention. Even muttering something as generic as “I’m sorry…” can be viewed as a statement of responsibility and admittance of fault for the accident. When there is a car accident, all parties involved are looking for someone to blame and hold accountable.
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Negligence is at the center of all personal injury claims and — unless negligence can be proven — there is no basis for a claim. Negligent actions include any of the following and more:
If you have been hurt in a car accident due to negligence, you may recover damages by filing a personal injury claim. New Jersey’s statute of limitations states that injured victims have a period of two years from the time of the car accident to file a claim in New Jersey’s civil courts.
The first step to take if you have been injured in a car accident is to call 911. Law enforcement will alert emergency medical personnel to the scene, who will address any injuries. Police officers will secure the scene of the accident, and generate a formal police report with accident details. Once injuries have been tended to and anyone involved is out of harm’s way, there are a few actions to take after you are injured in a car accident that can be helpful when filing a personal injury claim. These measures include the following:
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Yes. It is critical that you visit your doctor as soon as possible after your car accident so that they can provide a timely assessment of your accident injuries. Sometimes car accident victims wait to see a medical professional and — when you are filing a personal injury claim for your accident — this delay raises questions regarding the seriousness of your injuries if you waited to see a doctor. It also raises doubt as to whether the injuries were, in fact, a result of the car accident. So it is best to consult with a physician regarding your injuries, which will provide critical documentation of the state of your injuries shortly after the car accident.
If you are in a car accident and the other driver asks that you don’t report the accident, it is your clear signal to make sure you call the police right away. When another driver does not want an accident reported, there can be several explanations, including: they recognize that they are at fault for the accident, they already have another accident on their driving record, they are uninsured or underinsured, they have been driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs, or another concerning reason. Promptly call 911 and make note of the license plate on the car in the event they try to flee the scene of the accident.