Avoid these mistakes after a traffic accident

On Behalf of | Jul 13, 2022 | Auto Accidents |

If you have just been in a car crash in New Jersey, it can be easy to make mistakes that could affect your recovery or legal issues around the accident. For this reason, it is good to know ahead of time what some of the most common errors are so that you can avoid them.

Health-related mistakes

Motor vehicle accidents can lead to injuries in which symptoms are not always immediately apparent, including a TBI and soft tissue damage. It is generally best to get checked out after an accident even if you initially feel fine. Do not say that you are not hurt because this could be used against you if you later realize that you were injured.

The immediate aftermath

When you have just been in an accident, you could be in shock, or you might just be stressed out and want to put an end to the incident quickly. However, this could lead to bad decisions, such as trying to handle it without involving insurance companies or law enforcement. You might also be tempted to immediately apologize or say that the accident is your fault. In general, the less said the better. You should also call the police, particularly in a state like New Jersey, where you are required to do so.

Information sharing

There is information that you should gather at the scene. This includes contact information for any witnesses as well as the other driver’s insurance and contact information. Get a copy of the accident report, and if possible, get the responding officer’s badge number. Finally, take photos. If you are too injured to gather this information at the time of the accident, get as much of it as you can soon afterwards. Do not agree to a fast settlement. While you are required to notify your insurance company, do not sign anything or provide additional information without legal advice.

It can be difficult to remain calm after a motor vehicle accident. However, remembering to gather as much information as possible while giving out as little as you are legally required to is important.