New Jersey is a no-fault state for car accidents, meaning your own auto insurance is responsible for covering your damages after an accident, no matter who caused it. However, there are some instances where injured victims are eligible for compensation when an accident is due to another driver’s negligence. In court, negligence is when someone fails their civic duty to prevent harm to others. If you’re an eligible victim, you might be worried about the most common mistakes that people make when filing a car accident injury claim. No need to panic because our effective law firm is here to help! Continue reading to learn more and find out how a New Jersey Auto Accident Lawyer can provide individualized legal counseling.
WHAT ARE COMMON MISTAKES WHEN FILING A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM?
Overall, the most common mistake that victims make after a car accident is failing to collect and keep all records of the incident. Some victims even make the mistake of leaving the scene of the accident before law enforcement arrives. Police officers that arrive on the scene will likely determine who was at fault for the accident and file an official police report. If you’re planning on filing a claim against the negligent driver who caused the crash, it’s essential to obtain a copy of the police report for evidence. You’ll also need witness statements to prove fault and hospital records detailing the extent of your injuries. Your attorney can help you gather this evidence, too.
CAN I WAIT TO FILE A CLAIM?
It’s best to file your car accident injury claim as soon as you are able to. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years, so this means that you have two years from the day of your accident to file your case. However, don’t wait. File quickly after your accident so your attorney has substantial time to gather the evidence you’ll need to win your claim.
SHOULD I AVOID SOCIAL MEDIA?
You should definitely avoid social media after filing any personal injury claim. This is because the negligent driver’s legal representation and/or insurance company will look for any evidence that you’re faking or exaggerating your injuries, and your social media might be one of the first things they check. To be safe, don’t post on any of your social media accounts until the lawsuit has been settled in court. If you’re caught lying or exaggerating about your injuries, you likely won’t be able to earn any compensation.
Have you recently been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver? Are you seeking a talented personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind? Look no further because the Law Office of Craig M. Rothenberg is here to fight for you! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.