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?
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.