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Free Legal Advice: Car Accident Checklist

October 23, 2017

A leading team of personal injury lawyers in New Jersey has recovered millions of dollars for a number of their clients. The efficiency and success rate of the NJ personal injury lawyers at Corradino and Papa, LLC comes down to the exceptional service and expertise offered by the team. A free consultation is provided to their clients who suffer the trauma of a car, motorcycle or pedestrian accident, followed by ongoing assistance for the victim and their family throughout the whole process to help ensure they receive the compensation they deserve.

A consultation with a car accident lawyer at Corradino & Papa, LLC is in-depth and free. But prior to a consultation it is useful to have some information at your fingertips to help you manage the situation as well as possible.  

The following handy car accident checklist has been put together by qualified, experienced auto accident lawyers:

  1. Immediately after the accident

Immediately after the accident it is important to assess the situation to ensure you are safe. Moving might cause further injury or put you at further risk. If it is safe to do so, then you should move to a safe location if your vehicle is causing a safety hazard or is obstructing traffic. Call 911 to report the accident and request the required help as soon as it is safe to do so. When the police arrive, it is vital that you follow any instruction given to you by the police.  At the first opportunity, call your insurance company and follow their instructions. Remember to request a tow and make a note of the tow company and where your vehicle is being towed to.

  1. At the scene: Gathering information

Try to be courteous and polite to other drivers involved in the accident, but do not admit fault. Take their names and car insurance information and only ask for contact information if they do not provide insurance information. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact information. When asked, provide your name and insurance information to the other drivers and the police.

  1. At the Scene: Documenting the Accident

Take photos to document the scene if it is safe to do so. Take photos of: License plates, damage to vehicles, damage to other property, objects at the scene such as debris, fallen branches etc., landmarks and street signs to identify the location, contributing factors such as obscured road signs. Record details of the accident such as the time and date, weather, traffic conditions, injuries and damage, details of emergency services involved.

  1. Following the Accident

Obtain a copy of the accident report filed by the police and other drivers involved. Follow instructions given to you by your insurance agent. Document everything including the names of the investigators, police officers, insurance claim adjusters. Each time you speak with a representative from the insurance company, note the person’s name, the date and a description of the conversation.

Retain all receipts of expenditures such as transportation, parking costs, and repair costs.

At Corradino & Papa, LLC, our motor vehicle accident attorneys advocate for clients who have been involved in a road accident. Even if you consider your accident minor, a free consultation will provide you with invaluable advice and information.

About Corradino & Papa, LLC:

Personal Injury victims have a voice and the attorneys at Corradino & Papa, LLC are ready to fight for them. They are dedicated to the well-being of their clients and committed to making whoever is responsible answer for their gross negligence and misconduct. To learn more about Corradino & Papa, LLC and the legal services they offer, please visit their website, http://corradinoandpapa.com/.