At best, being involved in a car accident is something you really don’t need, and at worst, the outcome could be disastrous.
You may well have injuries after the incident that require medical attention and you’ll probably be in shock. It can be difficult to recall all the necessary steps you need to take. Some of the first things you should do following an accident are listed below.
Stop your car and call the police
In New Jersey, you have to stop your car after an accident. Even if you don’t feel hurt or believe your car has sustained any damage, make sure you remain in place and don’t leave the site. Check to see if anyone inside the car requires immediate medical assistance first. Then, you should dial 911 to seek emergency help from the relevant services.
Tell the driver of the other vehicle that you are moving to a safe area nearby the accident scene if your car is in a dangerous place and can be moved.
Exchange insurance information
You should exchange your insurance information with the other driver, even where you aren’t at fault for the accident.
Gather any evidence you can
If there are any witnesses there, see if they would be willing to provide you with their information. When filing an insurance claim, this might be extremely important in demonstrating who was at fault.
Taking images of the involved vehicles and the site itself can serve as additional proof of what happened.
Let your insurance know
You should inform your insurer once you and your passengers have received any necessary medical care and you are safely away from the scene of the accident.
Give them a detailed account of what occurred and let them know if you have any injuries as a result. It’s a good idea to do this as soon after the incident as you can, while it’s still fresh in your memory.
You shouldn’t have to suffer as a result of a car accident that’s not your fault and you may be entitled to compensation. Getting help early on helps you to protect your legal position.