The Do’s and Don’ts When Reporting a Car Accident
A serious car accident should never be taken lightly. You need to take every step possible to ensure that you protect your legal rights in order to obtain the full compensation that you are entitled to from the party who’s reckless actions caused the accident.
One of the most important steps you should take after a motor vehicle accident is to report it to the proper authorities, including the local police. Below is a quick list of tips to consider when reporting your car accident:
- Do call 911 to come to the scene of the accident, especially if you or someone else has suffered serious injuries.
- Do wait at the scene of the accident until emergency personnel arrive, regardless of whether you are the injured party. If you leave the scene of the accident before the authorities arrive, you may be faced with the serious penalty of causing a hit-and-run accident.
- Do only provide information to the police that is accurate. Car accidents can understandably leave victims feeling shaken and confused, leaving you unable to think clearly. It is best to take your time, calm down, and explain to the police how the accident happened in the most accurate way possible.
- Don’t admit or discuss fault. During the immediate aftermath of an accident, it may not be clear exactly how the accident happened. This most often happens because accidents are a horrific experience that can leave victims shaken. As such, you do not want to apologize or say anything along the lines that you caused the accident.
- Don’t discuss your medical condition. You are not a physician and thus in no position to diagnose whether you have suffered any injuries resulting from the accident. If you are asked about your medical condition, it is best to simply state that you will see a doctor to get checked out. You should never respond that you are “okay.”
- Don’t forget to get pertinent information for yourself. It can take several weeks for the police report to become available. If you are physically able, you should obtain the other party’s contact and insurance information (including the information for any witnesses to the accident) for yourself. You should also photograph the scene of the accident and provide it, along with the other information, to your New Jersey car accident attorney.
Call an Experienced New Jersey Car Accident Attorney
If someone you know or love has been injured in a car accident, or any other type of accident, caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party, you need to make it a priority to look for an experienced car accident attorney who will work hard to help you seek the damages from the parties responsible for the death of your loved one. For more information or to schedule a complimentary consultation with a New Jersey car accident lawyer, please call the Law Offices of Dan T. Matrafajlo at (908) 248-4404.