What To Do After A Car Accident

New Jersey Auto Accident Attorneys

Call a personal injury lawyer. If you are not sure what to do after your accident, the safest and wisest thing to do is speak to an attorney. At Costello & Mains, LLC, we offer a confidential consultation to give New Jersey car accident victims the answers they need. If for some reason you cannot call an attorney right away, the following are a few tips about what to do after a car accident.

Don't Panic

After an accident, your body may be flooded with adrenaline. It can be difficult to calm down and think rationally, but that is exactly what you need to do. Money should not change hands at an accident scene. Don't ask for money. Don't reach an agreement concerning money. Don't discuss money. Now is not the time to seek a settlement in your case. Call the police and exchange insurance information. Failure to call the police is not only a bad idea, but it is also a crime.

Your injuries are not an excuse to show how tough you are. They are also not an excuse to show what a good actor you are. Because of the adrenaline rush following a car crash, the severity of your injuries may not be clear. If you have any injuries, you should seek medical attention. You should also refrain from making inaccurate statements or embellishing your case. Stick to the facts that you know. If you were rear-ended, you likely have no idea if the offending driver was speeding, drunk, distracted, fatigued or just a bad driver. You cannot prove the other driver was at fault by yelling about it at an accident scene. Stay calm and provide accurate information to the police.

Gather Information

If possible, get pictures of the accident scene, the damage you and your vehicle suffered, and the general location of the accident as soon as possible. If you have a friend capable of gathering contact information from witnesses or bystanders, that can be helpful. The police report will contain useful information as well, but it does not hurt to collect more information going forward.

Do I Need A Lawyer After A Car Accident? Contact Us Today.

Many things go into presenting a successful claim for relief after a car accident. Many victims wonder if they really need an attorney. If you have been injured in a car accident, the only way to tell if you need a lawyer is to speak to one. At Costello & Mains in Mount Laurel, New Jersey, we can help you get answers to your questions. Contact us online or call us at 856-291-0642 (local) or 800-421-0212 (toll free) for a confidential consultation.