Most Americans drive a car nearly everyday, commuting to work, driving children to school or just to get from place to place. The most current census shows that there were over 10,000,000 car accidents reported in the U.S. in one year. Many of these are minor. However, some result in serious damages and severe or fatal injury. New Jersey and New York have specific laws that govern recovery in these instances. Here are some of the things that you need to consider if you’ve been involved in an automobile accident in either New York or New Jersey.
Procedures Following a Car Accident
In an automobile accident, life changing injuries and damages can occur. However, you may be able to recover or be compensated for your losses. In more severe cases, life may never be the same. In either case, it is important that those liable are held responsible. You will want to preserve your rights and ensure that you and your family receive the care and compensation you deserve.
Here are some suggested actions to take after a car accident:
- Check all passengers involved for injury and contact the appropriate medical professionals if necessary.
- Do not move anyone who is immobile or seriously hurt as you may cause further injury. Have them lay down in place until medical help arrives.
- Move all uninjured persons and cars to the side of the road, if possible.
- Call the police to file an accident report immediately.
- Keep all witnesses and involved parties at the scene until the police arrive.
- Exchange contact and insurance information with all parties involved.
- Record the exact location, hour and conditions at the time of the accident.
- Document the damage and the conditions at the accident site with photographs using your cell phone or disposable camera.
- Do not sign any unnecessary documents and do not speak directly with the other parties’ insurance companies.
These steps are important for your safety and the safety of others. They can also be valuable for an attorney pursuing any legal action on your behalf.
If you experience pain, stiffness, mobility issues or other health problems after a collision, immediately seek medical attention. Finally, you should consult a qualified auto accident or personal injury lawyer to ensure that your rights are preserved and that you receive the maximum damages to which you may be entitled.
Background on State Auto Accident Law
In New York and New Jersey, traditional tort law comes into play. This makes navigating the legal issues surrounding an auto accident complex and burdensome. The impact of a given law may vary depending on the circumstances of each incident. To best protect your rights and finances, you should seek the advice of an experienced auto accident attorney.
These matters are in fact time sensitive and it is important to make claims for damages in a timely manner. If you have been injured, we will sit down and speak with you. There will be no charge for this consultation to evaluate whether you have a case. It is advisable to do so as soon as possible. Be sure to ask any potential attorneys about their previous experience.
How You are Compensated for Your Pain and Suffering
You have the right to receive proper compensation for the injuries sustained from an auto accident injury! You may be entitled to damages for pain and suffering that are recoverable by filing suit against the party at fault for the accident.
You should strongly consider contacting a qualified auto accident lawyer to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.
If you or someone you love has been injured as a result of an automobile accident, we want to hear your story. Our experienced auto accident attorneys will review the facts and assist you with your case from beginning to end. We know how to investigate and aggressively pursue accident cases.