What to Do After an Accident
Seek Counsel from Our Dedicated New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys
The minutes and hours following a car accident are chaotic, stressful, and frequently painful. However, they are also critical to ensuring that you are giving your case every possible advantage so that you can receive the compensation you need. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., our team has helped clients through countless accidents, and we have a comprehensive understanding of how a person’s behavior following an accident can have a significant impact on how their case will eventually unfold. Our New Jersey car accident attorneys have compiled a list of things you can do to support your case.
Questions? Call us today at (201) 254-8484 to sit down with a member of our team. We are prepared to fight for our clients ferociously.
Obtain Medical Care
After an accident, the single most important thing is that you seek out and accept the medical care you require. Due to the shock that frequently sets in after such accidents, as well as the nature of the injuries that often follow, it is common for individuals to not feel any injuries until many days later. Injuries ranging from whiplash to brain or spinal trauma may have taken place, and you could be none the wiser until more serious symptoms begin to appear. Not only is it critical to your health that you be checked over by a doctor, having medical records from immediately after your accident – in addition records from subsequent visits – can paint a thorough picture of your condition as your lawyer pursues your case.
Notify the Police
Reporting the accident to law enforcement is an important step.
Generally speaking, police will be dispatched to the scene of an accident if:
- The vehicles are blocking traffic
- Injuries resulted from the accident
- At least one driver was intoxicated
- A fight or disruption has resulted between parties
Having police present ensures that there is record of the accident, as well as an impartial third-party account of the scene. These reports are helpful in facilitating claims processes with your insurance company and are invaluable documents in the hands of your attorney. A law enforcement officer’s report is often more detailed, and almost always carries considerably more weight, than that of witnesses or the parties involved.
Document the Details
Taking note of everything you are safely able to, given any injuries or traffic, is critically important. Take as many photos as you can of all vehicles involved in the accident, the surrounding scene, and any other damage which may have resulted. If there are any witnesses on the scene, be sure you are taking down their contact information so your attorney can speak to them. In addition, you’ll want to keep thorough medical records documenting all injuries sustained, both at the beginning and over time.
When it comes to ensuring that you receive the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, physical therapy, and other costs associated with your accident, seeking skilled counsel is the only way to go. At the Law Offices of Jeffrey S. Hasson, P.C., our dedicated team has everything you need to provide the aggressive advocacy you need.
Call our New Jersey car accident lawyers today at (201) 254-8484 to schedule your initial consultation!