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WHAT TO DO AFTER A CAR ACCIDENT IN NJ
There's nothing good about finding yourself involved in a car accident in NJ. Not only do you have injuries and will need a personal injury lawyer, but a wrecked car means you are most likely out of transportation for the next few days, or possibly even the next few weeks. Any time a car, bus or truck accident takes place, there are certain steps that you can take to ensure you receive a favorable outcome. Let's go ahead and dive in and take a close look at the steps you need to take.
The most important thing that you can do after becoming involved in a car accident is observe the situation. Observing is of extreme importance because what you see will determine your next best step to take.
If you notice that you or someone else in injured, you need to call 911 immediately. In doing this, you can rest assured that the injured person will get timely medical attention. If no one is injured, call your local police department. An officer will come out to document the accident. If you happen to not know your local police department number, you can go ahead and call 911 and report the accident; however, if no one is injured, make sure you state this.
Take Pictures and Move Cars Off the Road
If the accident took place on a busy highway, interstate, bypass or parkway, you will want to move the cars off the road as quickly as possible. In doing this, you will significantly reduce the chances of a further accident taking place. It is very important that you remember to take many pictures of the accident before moving the cars. You can give these pictures at a later date to your personal injury lawyer in NJ.
Remember, you and any other driver involved have the right to move the involved cars off the roadway before a police officer arrives; however, it is only best to do this if the roadway that the accident took place on is enduring high amounts of traffic. If it isn't, it's usually best to leave the cars as they are so the police officer can take pictures of the accident. It's also best to leave the cars just as they are if they aren't capable of being driven or they appear to be leaking gas or any other type of fluid.
Call an Experienced Car Accident Lawyer in NJ
Even though you've probably been told that it's best to call your insurance agent before anyone else after a car accident takes place, in reality, your best move to make is calling a car accident attorney in NJ. After informing your car accident lawyer of the accident and the involved details, he or she can then give you expert advice on the next best step to take. Best of all, he or she can handle all communications that take place with the insurance companies. You obviously know not to make a statement to any insurance company, as it will only be used against you.
Never Admit Fault and Never Leave the Scene
Even if the accident was your fault, never admit this to the police officer that shows up on the scene. Instead, you need to consult with your car accident attorney first. It's also of imperative importance that you never leave the scene of the accident. If you do, you will face criminal charges, which could result in you having to spend time behind bars. Leaving the scene of accident also implies that you were at fault, regardless of whether you were or not.
Write down the names of all parties and witnesses.
You will want to write down the names of all parties and witnesses. Make sure you get names and phone numbers of drivers, passengers and witnesses.
Best to go to the ER to get checked out.
Due to the shock of the accident, you may not be aware that you have sustained injuries. It is a good idea to go to the ER to get checked out. Also, your personal injury lawyer will want as much documentation as possible.
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