Being involved in a car accident can have long-lasting consequences, from costly medical bills to serious injuries. If you or a loved one are involved in any kind of motor vehicle accident, it is critical to seek medical and legal help immediately. With offices in Red Bank, NJ and Morristown, NJ, the experienced car accident lawyers at Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio L.L.C can help you seek compensation from the responsible party while protecting your rights. Here are some frequently asked questions our clients have following a car accident.
Car Accidents FAQ - Table of Contents
- What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
- What Should I Do At The Scene Of The Car Accident?
- What Statements Should Be Provided At The Scene Of The Accident?
- Is It Worth Getting A Lawyer For A Minor Car Accident?
- How Do I Know if I Have A Case?
- Do I Have A Case If I Didn’t Wear A Seat Belt?
- When Should I Contact My Insurance Company?
- Should I Give A Statement To The Insurance Company?
- What Type Of Compensation Will I Receive?
- What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
- How Long Will It Take To Settle My Claim?
- Why Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?
- Do I Have A Case If I Do Not Feel Hurt?
- Do I Have To Call the Police After the Accident?
- Should I Continue Driving My Car After An Accident?
- What If I Had A Pre-Existing Condition?
- What Happens If The Insurance Company Says I Don’t Need A Lawyer?
- What If I Was Partly At Fault For The Accident?
- What Is Meant By A No-Fault State?
- What Information Do I Need To File A Claim?
- What Should I Do If I Was The Victim of a Hit and Run?
- Will I Go To Court if I File a Personal Injury Claim?
- Is There a Deadline to File My Car Accident Claim?
- How Do You Know Who Was At Fault For A Car Accident?
What Should I Do After A Car Accident?
Call 911 and seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think you were seriously injured, many injuries sustained from car accidents are not evident until days or even weeks later.
Get insurance information from other drivers and the contact information of everyone involved in the accident, including any witnesses. If possible, take pictures, jot down notes regarding what happened and get a copy of the police report. If you were transported to receive medical attention, get all vital information from the police as soon as possible.
Contact an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney. They will protect your rights and help to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
What Should I Do At The Scene Of The Car Accident?
The most important thing to do firsthand is to check your own personal injuries and whoever was in your vehicle. If you are not okay, call an ambulance right away. When you have brought yourself over to a safer place (if possible), call the police and file a report. This is crucial, as a police report is how they will determine who is at fault and who is responsible for the crash. Then, it’s recommended that you get the other individuals who were involved in the crash name, phone number, and insurance information. You do not have to give a statement yet but getting the necessary information is important.
What Statements Should Be Provided At The Scene Of The Accident?
When you are at the scene of the car accident, it’s always important to make sure you are cooperating with law enforcement and to also speak openly with any medical personnel that are attending to your injuries. In that case, you should be giving statements to those individuals.
Is It Worth Getting A Lawyer For A Minor Car Accident?
Hiring a personal injury attorney is always an option, and if the accident was the other person’s fault, you have a legal right to recover from your losses. At Gold, Albanese, Barletti & Locascio, we are able to make that happen for you. You’ll want to contact your lawyer as soon as the accident happens, although you can wait a little to do so.
How Do I Know if I Have A Case?
In most scenarios, you will have a case if someone acted carelessly and is the reason for your injuries. But, you shouldn’t have to handle this situation alone, so contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation. We will be able to tell you who you can sue, and what you can expect to recover from your accident.
Do I Have A Case If I Didn’t Wear A Seat Belt?
In cases involving accident victims who weren’t wearing seat belts, it is important to carefully examine the circumstances of the accident and the type of injury or injuries that the victim suffered. Usually, the standard defense in these cases is that the injuries would not have occurred if the victim had been wearing a seat belt.
Our lawyers counter these arguments with the testimony of nationally recognized experts in auto injuries. Depending on the circumstances of your accident, they may be able to testify that had you been wearing a seat belt:
- The injuries still would have occurred, or
- The injuries would not have been as severe as they were, though you still would have suffered injuries.
In either case, you would still be eligible for compensation. Our goal when representing you will be to obtain maximum compensation for you.
When Should I Contact My Insurance Company?
It is likely that your insurer will require you to report the accident within a certain time frame, so it is important to act quickly. Oftentimes, you will have a month to report the accident to your insurance company. When it comes down to actually filing the claim, there may or may not be a time limit.
Should I Give A Statement To The Insurance Company?
An insurance adjuster will most likely contact you to get the details of the accident. Do not give a recorded statement or sign anything without speaking to an attorney.
What Type Of Compensation Will I Receive?
You may be entitled to damages for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Other types of damages
What Is My Car Accident Case Worth?
No two cases are alike, and the value of a claim is based on the nature and severity of your injuries and the impact they have had on you and your family. The amount you ultimately attain often depends on the dollar amount of coverage that the liable party carries and whether or not you were partially responsible for the accident.
How Long Will It Take To Settle My Claim?
The length of time it will take to settle your claim depends on the individual circumstances. Some cases take just a few months to settle; others may take years.
Why Should I Hire A Car Accident Lawyer?
Our seasoned legal team will collect evidence, communicate with your health care providers and take care of negotiations with the insurance company. We will fight for your rights and help you get just compensation for your injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Do I Have A Case If I Do Not Feel Hurt?
There is a possibility that you can still have a case even if you do not feel hurt. After being involved in a car accident, it’s possible that the adrenaline from the accident is causing you to not feel as much pain which is only temporary. You may start to feel increased pain or other symptoms later on, so it is better to always consult with a doctor even if you do not feel pain.
Do I Have To Call the Police After the Accident?
It is always better to be on the safer side when it comes to calling the police after an accident. You should always call the police even if there do not seem to be any injuries. Police officers are able to prepare police reports in connection with the crash and help you sort things out with documentation of what happened in case that is important in the future.
Should I Continue Driving My Car After An Accident?
One of the main concerns that some people have after getting into a car accident is whether or not their vehicle is drivable or if they are going to need a towing service. If you have any doubts that your vehicle is not going to be safe to drive, it’s important that you get it checked before using it.
What If I Had A Pre-Existing Condition?
If you were involved in a car accident and had a pre-existing condition that is now more painful, it’s important that you contact our attorneys today. Having a pre-existing condition can affect the amount of money paid out by the insurance company or awarded in a lawsuit. It is absolutely necessary to have an attorney that will not accept no for an answer and is dedicated to getting you the compensation you deserve.
What Happens If The Insurance Company Says I Don’t Need A Lawyer?
Chances are that insurance companies are going to try and persuade you to not get a lawyer. If an insurance company offers you a settlement, do not accept any offers or sign anything until you speak with a lawyer. Our experienced lawyers will be able to tell you if what you’re being offered is fair, at no cost to you.
What If I Was Partly At Fault For The Accident?
New Jersey has what is known as a comparative negligence law, meaning that even if you are partially responsible for an accident, you can still sue the other drivers for any fault they had in the accident.
What Is Meant By A No-Fault State?
In New Jersey, no fault insurance means that if you are injured in a car accident, your own car insurance coverage will pay some or all of your medical bills regardless of who was at fault for the crash. Drivers maintain insurance to cover losses that they suffer from during an accident, which covers your own injuries and the damages. Who is at fault does not matter in this situation.
What Information Do I Need To File A Claim?
It is important to obtain as much information as possible in order to successfully file a claim. Some of the key information generally includes:
- The contact information of all parties involved
- The contact information of any witnesses of the accident
- A detailed explanation of how the accident occurred
- Photographs from the scene of the accident
- Any other information that would be able to help prove your case
What Should I Do If I Was The Victim of a Hit and Run?
If you have been the victim of a hit and run accident, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your legal rights. Call the police to file a report, obtain contact information of any witnesses to the accident, and document as much as possible about the scene of the accident. Seek medical treatment immediately if you are injured, and contact one of our lawyers as soon as possible.
Will I Go To Court if I File a Personal Injury Claim?
Most cases, car accident claims can be resolved outside of court and settled through negotiating with an insurance company. But, many insurers try to settle claims quickly and for as little money as possible. If by chance the insurer does provide an offer that does not meet the full value of your claim, our attorneys are prepared to litigate the case in court.
Is There a Deadline to File My Car Accident Claim?
In New Jersey, victims generally have two years to file a personal injury claim for injuries they sustain in an accident. The sooner you get started, the better, so if you have suffered injuries from a car accident contact our attorneys today.
How Do You Know Who Was At Fault For A Car Accident?
Determining who was at fault for a car accident usually requires a detailed investigation. Most car accidents are caused by the driver’s error, although other parties could bear some of the fault such as manufacturers, the employer of any drivers, and even governmental entities. An investigation will look into any traffic violations or evidence that the driver could have acted carelessly, as well as any defects in the vehicle and the overall layout of the accident’s scene.