What to do in the immediate aftermath of a car accident

| Jul 20, 2020 | Personal Injury |

Most of our readers in New Jersey are probably used to seeing so-called “fender benders” on the side of the road from time to time. However, the reality is that serious car accidents are also surprisingly common. Anyone who has been involved in such a collision knows that the immediate aftermath can be a hectic situation. So, what should you do if you find yourself in that unfortunate position?

Well, for starters, the most obvious part is to stay at the scene of the crash. For injured parties, this is a no-brainer. However, even those who did not suffer injuries in the crash should stay on the scene. Law enforcement officials will report to the scene of the crash to begin an investigation, even as other emergency personnel arrive to help those who are injured. The law enforcement investigation will include interviews with everyone involved in the crash, so that an official report can be drafted. When that report is available, injured parties should be sure to obtain a copy.

If possible, photos of the accident scene and any injuries that resulted from the crash should be a priority. If a personal injury lawsuit results from the crash, such photos could become crucial pieces of evidence. As the days go on after the crash, copies of medical bills and descriptions of treatment received should be retained.

No one expects to be in a serious car accident in New Jersey. But, the fact is that these incidents occur with shocking regularity. Anyone who has been injured in a car accident that was caused by another party’s negligence or recklessness may have a valid personal injury claim to pursue.