If you are involved in a car accident while traveling on a New Jersey road, you may be entitled to compensation for damages incurred in its aftermath. However, there are many ways in which you may inadvertently undermine your ability to obtain a favorable settlement or jury award. Take a closer look at what you should not do after a car crash.
Don’t say that you aren’t hurt
In the moments after an accident, you might not feel any pain, stiffness or soreness. However, this is likely because your body is in shock and is releasing large amounts of adrenaline to help you function after a traumatic experience. Therefore, it’s not in your best interest to tell the police, paramedics or other parties that you aren’t hurt. Doing so may make it harder to prove a connection between the crash and any symptoms that you may experience in the days, weeks or months after it occurs.
Don’t say anything that may imply you caused the crash
Generally speaking, you should never apologize to other drivers at the crash scene. This might be spun by opposing counsel as an admission of guilt during settlement talks or at trial. At a minimum, it may result in a jury finding that you were partially liable for your own car accident injuries.
Don’t forget to collect information from others at the scene
At a minimum, you should get the name, insurance information and contact information for any other drivers who were involved in the crash. It is also a good idea to get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Your attorney may be able to help you obtain this information from authorities.
If you are hurt in a crash, it’s generally in your best interest to contact an attorney immediately. He or she may be able to help you obtain compensation for medical bills, property damage and other losses related to the crash. A financial award might be obtained through a settlement or a formal trial.