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What to Do If You've Been Injured in a Car Crash

A wreck can happen in the blink of an eye, but the consequences can last a lifetime. Victims are often left with significant injuries, high recovery costs, and mental trauma. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, do not settle for less than you deserve. The driver who caused this pain should be held accountable for your damages. With the right legal help, you may obtain compensation for:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages during recovery
  • Pain and suffering
  • And more

Contact the NJ accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., for a FREE consultation. Our firm partners handle the cases themselves and provide unparalleled personalized service for our clients. We have gotten clients tens of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements, and we’ll be happy to review your case for free and let you know if we can help. To learn more about your rights and legal options with us, call (609) 240-0040.

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Any information you volunteer can be used by the other driver or their insurance company to escape accountability or to minimize your claim. Always consult with your attorney before speaking with anybody else or signing anything.

After a Car Accident in NJ

What you do and don't do after an accident can make or break your claim. We recommend following these guidelines to ensure that your case will be a strong one, supported by plenty of evidence:

  • Get personal information from the liable party. Name, address, contact info, insurance and vehicle info, license identification number - the more information you can collect, the better.
  • If there are any witnesses, get their contact information. Witness testimony is an invaluable asset for any claim case, because witnesses are thought to be unbiased.
  • Seek medical attention immediately. Even if your injuries seem minor, get checked out by medical personnel at the scene of the accident. Doing so will not only make sure your condition is stable, but also strengthen your case, if any injuries are documented right away.
  • Records are vital. Call the police to the scene, and request a copy of your police accident report. After, go see a doctor for a thorough examination. If he or she finds injuries, they’ll go in your official medical record.
  • Document everything you can and preserve all evidence. Write up a detailed account of what led to the accident. Take photos of the scene of the accident, your injuries, your vehicle, the other party's vehicle, and other damages. If possible, preserve all evidence in the state it was in immediately after the crash occurred. (For example, do not take your damaged vehicle to the repair shop before getting the ball rolling on your auto accident claim against the other driver.)

If You Were a Pedestrian Injured by a Car

Get medical attention immediately. Even if you appear to have no visible injuries, you may be in shock, which can mask subtle symptoms of a serious injury like internal bleeding. Pedestrians hit by motor vehicles are likely to sustain these injuries, whether just one or all of them:

  • Head trauma. A violent blow or jolt to the head may result in brain bruising, torn tissue, bleeding, or other physical damage to the brain.
  • Internal bleeding. Blood vessels inside the body can be torn or crushed by the force of blunt trauma. Left untreated, internal bleeding can result organ failure or hemorrhagic shock due to loss of blood, which can lead to brain damage and death.
  • Broken bones. Common yet serious injuries. If left untreated, complications such as compartmental syndrome can arise, which may require amputation of the broken limb.
  • Spinal injuries. Damage to the spinal cord can cause serious pain, loss of mobility, or paralysis below the place of injury. Depending on the injury to the spine, these symptoms may be temporary or permanent.
  • Once all your injuries have been addressed, you should seek professional legal representation. Our NJ pedestrian accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., offer a free consultation to explain your rights and options for obtaining compensation after being hit by a car.

    How to Protect Your Rights After an Accident

    Insurance companies do not like paying out on claims. They’ve been known to intimidate, manipulate, or even lie in order to sabotage a valid claim. Don’t give them any excuse to do so. After being involved in a collision, be sure that you do the following:

    • Do not admit fault in any way.
    • Cooperate with your insurance company, but do not offer any theories about how the crash occurred.
    • Do not discuss the accident with the other driver's insurance company.
    • Do not sign any statements from either insurance company before speaking with a lawyer.

    Any information you volunteer can be used by the other driver and insurance company to escape accountability. Always consult with your attorney before speaking with anybody else or signing anything.

    Obtaining Compensation After a NJ Car Crash

    A knowledgeable car accident lawyer will be able to guide you through the confusing and frustrating legal process required to secure the financial compensation you deserve. You may have to support your claims to both the insurance companies involved and the court system, if the insurance company refuses to give you the money you need.

    Our attorneys may be able to help you build a successful case and seek damages, which may include the following:

    • The cost of repairs or replacement of your vehicle.
    • Lost wages, if you were unable to work because of the accident.
    • Medical expenses for any doctor visits, surgery, physical therapy, or medication required for injuries you sustained in the accident.
    • Pain and suffering associated with your emotional or physical damages, such as chronic anxiety, scarring, or disfigurement.
    • Future losses that may arise if you cannot return to work or must find a new line of work.
    • Punitive damages, if the at-fault party was under the influence of drugs or alcohol or failed to maintain the vehicle that caused the crash.

    NJ Car Accident Lawyers Dedicated to Your Case

    For more than 25 years, Gabriel Lependorf and David Silverstein have been protecting the rights of injured victims and their families, helping them obtain just compensation after an accident. At our law firm, we bring big-firm resources to our clients with small-firm personalized attention to each client. If you want Princeton attorneys who consistently takes care of their clients, fill out an online contact form or call us at (609) 240-0040 today.

    Additional Information

    The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty five years.

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