In 2021, 690 people died in 276,861 total car accidents in New Jersey.
Vehicle accidents are chaotic and scary, and it is often difficult to know what to do at the time. Therefore, these are a few things you should and should not do if you get into a car accident.
What To Do
At the scene, call 911. When the police arrive, get their badge numbers and names, and ask for a copy of the police report. Check yourself and your passengers for injury. Then, check the other vehicles’ passengers. Take photographs of the scene, and gather witness information and statements. Move your vehicle out of traffic if you can.
Exchange insurance, names and driver’s license information with any other drivers involved in the accident. Then, file your claim as soon as possible, even if you were at fault. Contact your insurer even if you are filing a claim with the other driver’s insurance company. Your state may also require that you notify the DMV, especially if your vehicle sustained significant damage.
What To Avoid Doing
Never leave the scene of an accident. Avoid stating that you were at fault, even if you were. Also, accidents can wreak havoc on your emotions but do not act in a confrontational or belligerent manner. In addition, avoid sharing any personal information with the other driver, their insurance or the police on the scene.
Do not play down your injuries. Seek medical help immediately. Avoid speaking with insurance companies without full accident details and proper preparation.
To get the best result, take precautions when sharing any information about the accident, especially on social media. In addition, carefully review any settlement offer, especially if you are still receiving medical treatment.