Some of us are very nervous passengers. Others do not mind riding shotgun and manning the radio. Regardless, you will likely find yourself in the passenger seat at some point. Car accidents happen often and passengers can be seriously injured. Read on to learn more about passenger injuries and recovering compensation in New Jersey car accidents.
What Do I Do After an Accident
An injury can take a major toll physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. Your injury may lead to hospital bills and lost wages. Additionally, you may experience things like pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, loss of independence, and more. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation to alleviate these burdens. In order to recover this compensation, there are a few important steps to take after an accident occurs:
- Call 911. The police can file a report, documenting who was driving and how and when the accident occurred. They can also conduct chemical tests and interview witnesses.
- Document the scene. It is important to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Each person in the car should take their own photos. Make sure to capture any cars/ property involved in the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts. If your accident occurred in front of anyone, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Often, the different parties involved do not agree on the events of the accident, so it can help to have a third-party witness.
- Seek medical attention. You should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident. This will help make sure your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of any injuries you have incurred.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence. This may include police reports and security footage.
- FIle your claim in time. If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to file your personal injury claim on time. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years to file your claim.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney.
Contact our Firm
Our firm understands how serious criminal and personal injury cases are. We are prepared to guide you towards a favorable outcome because we believe false accusations or preventable injuries should never cause a person harm. This is why those who require experienced legal counsel in New Jersey should do themselves a favor and contact The Law Office of Andrew S. Maze today for any criminal and personal injury matters.