What Should I do After a Car Accident?

Car accidents very often happen suddenly and without warning, which is what makes them so frightening. However, the outcome of a car accident can be far worse if you do not know what to do once you’re in one. New drivers who have never been involved in an accident very often wonder what they should do if they find themselves in such a situation. If you would like to learn more about the proper course of action following a car accident, here are some of the questions you may have:

What are the most common contributors to car accidents?

Several factors contribute to car accidents. For example, poor road conditions, such as potholes, or a negligent road design may cause an accident. Additionally, poor weather conditions, such as black ice or heavy rain may also cause a motorist to slide off the road and into either a fixed object or another motorist. In some cases, defective car parts may also cause an accident. Unfortunately, though perhaps not surprisingly, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Some examples of negligent driving behavior are as follows:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Unsafely changing lanes
  • Navigating directions while driving
  • Smoking or eating while driving
  • Disregarding traffic signs and lights
  • Ignoring other rules and regulations of the road

What should I do if I am in a car accident?

The first thing you should do after a car accident is call the police. They will document and report the accident as it happened. Additionally, you should ask the other motorist for his or her contact information, as well as his or her insurance information. Even though tensions are high, you must never argue with the other party, as this will only make the situation worse. Your best bet is to calmly wait for the authorities arrive. You can step away from the other motorist if you believe that’s what it will take to diffuse the situation.
After an accident, you should always seek medical attention. A physician will treat your injuries accordingly and provide you with medical documents regarding their severity, which you may use to prove your claim if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit. While you may feel entitled to financial compensation to help cover the cost of your medical bills, lost wages and more, you and your attorney will first have to prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years, which means you have two years from the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. Failing to do so may result in you losing out on the financial compensation you may deserve.

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