After a NJ Car Accident, Keep a Level Head and Collect Information
You are driving along when – CRASH! You don’t know where it came from and your chest is aching from hitting the steering wheel. You think you are ok, but you aren’t sure. Thank God you are the only one in the car!
But now what do you do? The questions are coming at you fast and furiously. Cops want to know what happened. Medics are trying to see if you are hurt. It’s a swirl of emotions and you have no idea what to say or what to do. If you can, call 911. Or, if possible get a witness or another driver to make the call.Some Advice
- Focus on your health first. If you need to get to the hospital, don’t refuse treatment
- If you can, try to get the names of any witnesses so you can double back later to get an account of what you don’t know
- If you are not hurt, stay on the scene until a police officer tells you it is OK to leave. This is especially true if anyone was hurt in the accident
- If you get out of your vehicle before anyone in the other car, check to see if they are hurt
- Check out the cars to see if there is any damage and take photos of everything
While police will collect important information, you should still exchange contact info, with the other driver. Regardless of whose fault the accident was, try to be as calm and polite as possible. Obtain names, numbers, insurance info, license plate numbers, etc.
If you believe you are not at fault in the accident, you may need to hire a lawyer to assist you in getting the other driver’s insurance company to pay for the damages for your car or medical bills. Contact a compassionate, experienced personal injury lawyer who will fight tirelessly to make sure you get compensated for every penny you deserve. Call Graziano & Flynn today for a free consultation about your accident.