Motor vehicle crashes are still one of the leading causes of serious injuries and fatalities in New Jersey and across America. As per the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), there were more than 275,000 traffic collisions in our state in 2019 alone. Many of these accidents resulted in severe, catastrophic, or even fatal injuries and required the services of reputable New Jersey car accident attorneys.
Auto accident injury claims are inherently complex. Unfortunately, far too many innocent accident victims make mistakes in the moments, days, and weeks that follow their wreck. As such, it becomes harder for them to obtain a full and fair recovery for their damages.
If you were in a car accident in New Jersey or New York, there are several steps you take to preserve your injury claim:
Under New Jersey law, all motor vehicle collisions that cause injuries or a minimum of $500 of property damage have to be reported to the local law enforcement agency. Following such a crash, call and request that a police officer come to the scene to make an official report. Your New Jersey car accident lawyer can use this report as evidence in your case.
If you were injured in an accident, it’s critical that you seek professional medical care. If that weren’t reason enough, you won’t be able to obtain financial compensation for your injuries without valid medical records that detail the physical harm you incurred. It’s best to seek medical care after a car accident, both for your health and so that the other driver’s insurance company doesn’t attempt to claim that you suffered your injuries later.
Many accident victims skip getting the medical care they need because they don’t have any pain or feel like their injuries warrant such a step. Keep in mind that sometimes adrenaline can stop you from feeling pain, or the symptoms of your injury could be delayed. Seeking medical attention, even if it’s just to ensure you haven’t suffered any injuries, is always in your best interest.
Evidence is a key component of successful car accident claims. You need evidence to prove who is liable for the accident, how the accident happened, and the damages the accident caused. Collect as much evidence at the crash scene as you possibly can, including:
In the event that you need to get emergency medical attention, ask a family member or friend to collect evidence and get witness information on your behalf.
Finally, meet with an experienced New York or New Jersey car accident attorney to discuss your accident and injury claim. Don’t attempt to go through this process on your own. It’s typical for insurance companies to try to intimidate injured claimants and offer them less money than they deserve. Reach out to a qualified New Jersey car accident attorney as soon as possible so that they can help protect you in your interactions with the insurance companies and their adjusters. Don’t ever feel pressured to speak to the insurance company before talking to a New Jersey car accident lawyer.
After suffering injuries in a car accident, you only have so long to file a personal injury claim. In New Jersey, you only have two years from the date of the accident, whereas, in New York, you have three. This crucial deadline is known as the statute of limitations. If you miss the deadline for filing a legal claim, you no longer have any legal recourse to pursue the compensation you deserve for your injuries. This makes contacting a New York or New Jersey car accident attorney as soon as you can even more essential.
Our New Jersey auto accident lawyers are here to help accident victims and their families through this difficult time. Suppose you’ve been injured in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey or New York. In that case, you can count on Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC, to be here for you. Call us at 800-616-2916 or contact us online to schedule a free case review with an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer and learn about our services.
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