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What Mistakes Should I Avoid After An Auto Accident?

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After you get into an auto accident, you need to take steps to protect yourself. You should also be gathering evidence that you could potentially use against the other driver if you are injured and decide to pursue compensation. There are some mistakes that drivers make after accidents though, and we want to make sure that you avoid them just in case you decide to sue for damages. Here’s what our seasoned New Jersey car accident lawyers have to say.

Do I Need to Take Photos of the Auto Accident Scene?

The photos of the accident scene and the vehicle damage are important evidence. If you do not have photos of the damage to your car from right after the accident, someone could conceivably argue that your car was not actually damaged in this accident. Maybe you damaged it afterward and you are just blaming this other driver.

Frustrating? Definitely, but you would not have to worry about a lawyer making this argument if you have photos from right after your collision with their client’s car.

What Happens if I Refuse Medical Care After an Auto Accident?

When the police come to the scene, they may bring paramedics with them if injuries are reported. Refusing care can be a mistake. Even if you feel alright, let the paramedics examine you and patch up minor wounds. Otherwise, the other side might argue that you were not that hurt in the accident. You did not even want medical care at the scene.

Can I Post About My Auto Accident On Social Media?

This is not recommended. We all love to share everything we can about our lives these days, but posting to social media about a car accident when you plan to pursue compensation is just not helpful. Your posts could potentially be used against you, so maybe you’ll just want to stick to uploading pictures of your pets or your dish from brunch.

What Happens If I Leave an Auto Accident Scene?

Leaving an accident scene is one of the biggest mistakes that you can make. It does not matter if you are in a rush or if you have a busy day, leaving the scene before the cops come and take down their report could end up getting you in trouble. The other driver might even accuse you of fleeing the scene. That could bolster their own case if they decide to sue for damages, and it can make it much more difficult for you to recover compensation.

Do I Need a Lawyer to Sue for Damages?

You do not, but we honestly think that it is a mistake to not hire an experienced personal injury attorney. Our lawyers have experience dealing with insurance companies, building strong cases, and helping clients fight for the compensation that they deserve. Let us put that experience to work for you.

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When you are ready to pursue legal action, contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC. We can help you learn more about the potential value of your case and what our attorneys can do to help you. Schedule your consultation today.

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