Steps To Take Post-Accident
September 3, 2022
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain
You heard the screech of the tires behind you and then you squeezed the steering wheel. The impact shoved your body forward and the seat belt then stopped you and your head snapped back into the headrest.
You just got rear-ended and a bunch of the discs in your body stretched suddenly with the movement. You might not feel it yet, but your back and your neck are going to be in pain.
That is what happens in a car crash. If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident in Bergen County, New Jersey, you need to think about hiring a car accident lawyer Bergen County, New Jersey area residents trust.
Just the thought of this may be overwhelming. How to start? Where to start? Well, we’re here to help with that.
Immediately after the accident:
- Take care of yourself first. Have you received the proper medical attention? You might want to give it a few days or wait to get an appointment with your regular doctor – that is a natural reaction. However, scheduling an appointment takes so long these days that it might be a good idea to visit an urgent care or the emergency room.
- Make sure the other driver doesn’t talk you out of calling the police.
As soon as possible after the accident:
- Follow up with the police to get the police report. The police report will include the location of the crash, the name and address of the other driver, and the insurance information for the other driver.
Who to contact:
- For example, if the Bergen County crash happened on the Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, I287 or Route 80, it was probably investigated by the State Police, so you can get the police report online.
- If it happened in one of our Bergen County towns or on a local highway such as Route 208, Route 46, Route 17, Route 4, Route 1-9, Route 3, you can contact the local police department for a copy of the police report.
Finding an attorney.
- Use a search engine such as Google to look for and research attorneys in your area. Many lawyers have websites that provide information about how services they provide can help with what you’re going through.
- Additionally, you may want to make sure your attorney is properly accredited. For instance, Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC. partners are New Jersey Supreme Court Board Certified.
- Additionally, you may want to ask friends, family and/or co-workers for recommendations. Ask them questions like, “has something like this ever happened to you?” or “Do you have an attorney you recommend?”.
Schedule a consultation.
- Schedule a consultation to meet with a personal injury lawyer at no cost to you. Right away, if the car accident attorney asks for payment upfront, you should know that most injury lawyers don’t do that. Your lawyer will work on your case and should only get paid if there is a settlement or a verdict in your favor.
Make a decision.
- Decide if this is the right attorney for you. People click with people in different ways, and while you’re not necessarily looking for a friend necessarily, you are looking for someone who can guide you through a lawsuit in Bergen County.
Finally, understanding this process takes time. The number one thing clients are often frustrated by is how slowly the system moves. Be prepared for the litigation to take time if you are going to get proper value for your injuries.
We hope this helpful in helping to find a lawyer that is right for you and the unique needs of your accident case. Remember, the legal system is there so that the injuries you suffered from the negligence of another driver can be compensated.