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Important Steps to Take In the First Few Days After a Car Accident
In 2013, there were 5,687,000 police-reported car accidents, resulting in 32,719 fatalities and approximately 1.6 million injuries. These numbers could be significantly higher, since according to the National Highway Traffic Administration (NHTSA), more than 10 million accidents go unreported every year.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness, you may be entitled to compensation. The initial steps you take in the first few days after a car accident are crucial to your personal injury claim. It is important to take a proactive role in your case against the negligent motorist in order to obtain a substantially higher settlement offer, especially if you were seriously injured in the accident. This article discusses the important steps you need to take immediately after a car accident.
4 Important Steps to Take After a Car Accident
There are many steps that you need to take after a car accident to help strengthen your claim and ensure your road to a healthy recovery. However, the four steps discussed below are perhaps the most important:
- Gather Information At the Scene of the accident. Without obtaining pertinent information, such as the other party’s contact information, driver’s license number and insurance information, you or your car accident attorney may not be able to successfully hold the negligent party liable for your injuries and property damage.
- Seek Proper Medical Treatment. Seeking proper and immediate medical care and treatment is important to both your recovery as well as to obtaining the full compensation that you are entitled to for the injuries you have sustained. Most accident victims mistakenly believe that they are not injured enough to seek medical treatment, especially if their symptoms have not surfaced immediately after the accident. Unfortunately, symptoms of most car accident related injuries may not surface until days or even weeks after an accident.
- Notify the Insurance Company. Once you have stabilized your injuries, you need to notify the at-fault party’s insurance carrier of your intention to pursue a claim for both property damage, as well as personal injuries. If the negligent party has already filed a claim, note the claim number and the contact information for the adjuster assigned to your claim. In most cases, a different adjuster is assigned to handle your personal injury and property claims separately.
- Consult With an Experienced Attorney. Perhaps one of the most important steps is to immediately consult with an experienced car accident lawyer to handle your personal injury claim. This is especially important if you have sustained serious injuries because hiring an attorney to handle the legal aspects of your claim will allow you to solely focus on your recovery.
Have you been injured in a car accident that was caused by the negligent actions of another motorist? If so, we can help! 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.