When it comes to car accidents, New Jersey is a no-fault state. This means that if you get into a car accident in our state, your own auto insurance will be responsible for covering your damages, no matter who caused the accident. However, if the collision was caused by a negligent driver, injured victims of the accident may be eligible to file a claim against the at-fault driver to earn compensation. Filing a personal injury claim can be stressful without help, so many victims often worry about the most common mistakes when dealing with the aftermath of a car accident. No need to panic because our dedicated law firm is on your side! Read this blog or contact one of our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers today to learn more.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON MISTAKES WHEN FILING A CAR ACCIDENT CLAIM IN NJ?
Overall, the biggest mistake that victims of car accidents make is failing to collect and keep the evidence they’ll need for their case. Some victims might try to leave the scene of the crash too soon, but you’ll need to wait until the proper authorities arrive. Police officers who arrive at the scene of the accident will likely determine who was at fault for the collision. Make sure to collect as much evidence as you are able to, such as witness statements and hospital bills detailing the extent of your injuries.
HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO FILE A CLAIM?
Another common mistake is waiting to file your claim. The statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years. This means that you have two years from the date of your car accident to file a claim against the negligent driver who caused the collision. It’s best to file your claim as soon as you are able to, so your lawyer has substantial time to gather the evidence you’ll need to win your case.
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I AVOID?
You should avoid speaking to any insurance companies before contacting a personal injury lawyer. You might think your insurance company is working in your best interests, but insurers are most worried about making a profit. You should also avoid posting on social media after you file your personal injury claim. Insurance companies and the at-fault driver’s legal team might look into your social media accounts to see if you’ve posted anything that might indicate that you’re faking or exaggerating your injuries.
Have you recently been injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligent actions? Are you seeking an effective personal injury attorney who has your best interests in mind? Look no further because Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC is here to fight for you! Contact our highly experienced team today for an initial consultation.