Following a car accident in New Jersey, making sure you get compensation for your physical injuries, emotional trauma, and financial burdens, requires that you follow the right steps immediately after the motor vehicle accident. The following 6 steps are crucial in all car accidents, whether you are the driver, passenger or a pedestrian that was injured.
1. Gather Information.
Immediately after the car accident it is important to gather information about the accident, such as the names and contact information of all parties involved, the insurance information of the at-fault driver, and the police report number. If possible, take photos of the accident scene, including any damage to your vehicle and the other driver’s vehicle, and pictures of your injuries including bruising.
2. Report the Accident.
New Jersey law requires that car accidents be reported to the police if they result in injury, death, or property damage. A police report can provide valuable documentation of the accident and help establish fault. Make sure to give the officer a description of how the accident happened, who was at-fault for the accident, any injuries you think you may have, and the names and phone numbers of any witnesses.
3. Notify Your Insurance Company.
Notify your insurance company of the accident as soon as possible. Be truthful and accurate in your report, but avoid admitting fault or making any statements that could be used against you later. If you have already hired an attorney, it is important to let them know, and limit the information you give to a brief description of the car accident, the damage to your vehicle, and to tell them which body parts are injured.
4. Hire a Personal Injury Attorney.
Consider hiring a personal injury attorney who specializes in car accident cases. The attorney’s at the Eder Law firm have over 50+ years of experience handling car, truck, motor cycle accidents and can help you navigate the claims process and negotiate with insurance companies to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries.
5. File Your Claim.
To file a car accident claim in New Jersey, you’ll need to complete and submit a claim form to the at-fault driver’s insurance company. Be sure to include all relevant information, such as the date and location of the accident, a description of the accident, and a list of your injuries and damages.
6. Negotiate a Settlement.
After you file your claim, the insurance company will investigate the accident and determine fault. They may offer you a settlement to compensate for your injuries and damages. The lawyers at the Eder Law firm can help you negotiate with the insurance company to ensure you receive a fair settlement.
7. File Suit
Based upon the type of vehicle accident you were involved in and the injuries suffered, it may be best to file a lawsuit against the other driver and their insurance company. The lawyers at the Eder Law Firm have fought for car accident victims for over 50+ years and will make sure that you get the most compensation for your injuries.
In conclusion, the car accident claims process in New Jersey can be complex and confusing, but taking these steps can help ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. By gathering information, reporting the accident, notifying your insurance company, hiring a personal injury attorney, filing your claim, and negotiating a settlement, you can navigate the claims process with confidence and recover from the financial and emotional toll of a car accident.
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