You were in a collision. Now, what?

You were driving along the New Jersey turnpike and another vehicle slammed into yours. The next few seconds might have passed in a seemingly slow-motion speed, as many accident victims later say they experienced this sensation. When your car came to a halt, you may have also felt dazed or confused, perhaps frightened and in pain, as well.

People don’t typically sit around thinking about what they’d do if they were to be involved in a car accident. However, it pays to ponder such things so you have a plan in mind if a collision ever occurs. In addition to things you might do or say in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision, there are also numerous things you’ll want to avoid.

You’re legally obligated to stay at the scene

One of the most important things to do after a crash is remain at the scene. In fact, it is a crime to be involved in a collision, then leave before police and rescue workers have arrived and have informed you that you’re free to leave.

Do not admit guilt of any kind

You might have spoken to numerous people after your collision. From police to rescue workers or friends and family, one or more of them might ask you a lot of questions regarding who or what was responsible for the collision. Even if you think you might have been partially or fully at fault, it’s best to avoid answering, especially without the benefit of legal representation.

Medical attention is high priority

Perhaps you suffered some bruises or lacerations upon impact in a collision. You might feel strong enough that you don’t think medical attention is necessary. It’s important to note, however, that many accident injuries are not immediately apparent. Therefore, even if you think you feel okay, it’s always best to go to the nearest hospital for a check.

Information exchanges and additional support

Another post-accident action is exchanging insurance information with the other person involved in the crash. While it pays to obtain such information, it’s never a good idea to get into a confrontation with anyone at the accident scene. If you have moderate to severe accident injuries, you can seek financial recovery for your losses.

This is definitely something that is easier said than done. To convince a judge or jury that another person’s negligence caused injuries and other damages, you need some very strong evidence. Many New Jersey accident victims also ask experienced attorneys to speak and act on their behalves.