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Importance of Documenting Evidence After an Accident

October 24, 2019

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Steps to Take Following a New Jersey Motor Vehicle Accident

An automobile accident often has repercussions that last for a long time after the time of the accident itself, and a huge part of making sure that these are dealt with smoothly is to gather documentation of the accident right after it occurs.  The quality of the evidence that is obtained in an auto accident will be a large determining factor in whether or not an accident victim receives adequate compensation for any injuries or other damages. 

Consulting with an attorney from the law firm of Hoyt & Hoyt of New Jersey is also an excellent idea.  Our legal professionals are equipped to help you deal with the auto insurance companies and will work with law enforcement to conduct a thorough and comprehensive investigation of your accident case.

Immediate Steps to Take

Immediately after you have been involved in an auto accident, you should call the police. They will begin making their report when they arrive on the scene and the information they collect can be used in the investigation of your case.  Be sure to exchange contact information with the other driver and with any witnesses that are on the scene.  If you’re injured, seek medical attention as soon as possible and inform the medical personnel of the accident. Request copies of all diagnoses and treatment you received.  If anyone at the scene is severely injured, call an ambulance. After receiving medical care, contact your auto insurance company to file a claim. Have a copy of the police report available for them and any supporting information you’ve collected from witnesses.

Photographs of The Scene

Perhaps one of the most important forms of documentation you can get for the accident is photographs of the actual damage and the scene itself.  When driving, always carry a disposable camera or be ready to use the camera on your smartphone. Take pictures of the damage to your vehicle and also of the condition of the road. Photograph the weather conditions and any nearby traffic signs or signals. Take photos from a distance to show the big picture of the layout of the scene so that investigators can put together in their mind how the collision occurred. If you have any injuries, make sure to take a photograph of these as well. 

The Need For Legal Assistance

In any car accident in which injuries have occurred, or even if you suspect you may have been hurt but aren’t in pain yet, it’s crucial to see a doctor and contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney.  The insurance companies are dedicated to trying to pay you as little as possible for your injuries, and you need someone who can be your voice in the matter. Gathering and documenting all the relevant evidence after your auto accident and then consulting an experienced attorney will go a long way to ensure that you get the compensation you both need and deserve.

Contact a Morristown Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Accident Case in NJ

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive New Jersey personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Hoyt & Hoyt, PC represent clients injured because of car accidents in Mount Olive, Perth Amboy, East Brunswick, South Brunswick, and throughout New Jersey. Call 973-292-2299 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 67 E Park Pl 5th Floor, Morristown, NJ 07960 and a secondary law office located in New Brunswick. 

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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