If you have been in an auto accident, even a minor fender bender, you know that it's a stressful and emotional event. The scene may be chaotic and you may be dealing with injuries. What should you do and how should you act?
We at the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. urge you to stay as calm as possible and take the following steps (you may want to print out this blog and keep it in your glove compartment):
- Get help by calling 911 as soon as possible, especially if there are injuries and/or property damage. Don't leave the scene - it's against the law in New Jersey even if no one appears to be hurt.
- Assess all injuries. Anyone who is injured should remain in the car as long as it is safe and avoid moving. Get medical attention right away even if you don't feel injured as some symptoms may be delayed.
- Record information from all other drivers involved in the accident: Name, address, phone number, driver's license and license plate numbers and insurance information.
- Follow all emergency personnel instructions and answer questions asked by the police. Be sure to get the attending officers' names and badge numbers.
- Get witness and other passenger names and contact information.
- Don't discuss the accident at the scene with anyone except the police. Never apologize for any driving mistake you may have made.
- Take photos of the scene including your car's damage and other vehicle and property damage. Grab photos of the roadway, the position of the cars and any nearby signs or traffic signals.
- Call your insurance company to report the accident and your injuries as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the police accident report.
- Start a folder and keep all documents in it including your necessary medical care, all bills and medical reports, the accident report and anything else related to the accident including missed work records.
- Work with your insurance company. If you feel the damage valuation is unsatisfactory, get 2 additional independent repair estimates for your adjuster.
- Never discuss the accident with the opposing attorney or insurance company.
- Don't post anything about your accident on social media or your own webpage or blog.
Most important of all, consult with an experienced attorney to get fair compensation for your injuries - even before you call your insurance provider. Don't accept any settlement before discussing your case with an attorney.
Reach Out to Us if You Have Been Injured in an Auto Accident
If you or a family member has been injured in a car accident or by any other type of personal injury, or need help with any family law issue, please contact the Law Offices of Paul S. Foreman, P.C. immediately. We have the right experience to get the optimal results for your case. Please call us for a free consultation. Attorney Paul S. Foreman, personal injury attorney in Livingston, will fight to secure justice for you and your family. You can reach us at 973-315-3232 or contact us via the website.