In the United States, distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents. In fact, the Federal Communication Commission has stated that texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving. Regardless of the dangers of texting and driving, many people continue to do so, causing life-altering accidents. If you or a loved one has been injured due to another driver texting and driving, you should retain the services of a skilled personal injury attorney. Read on to learn more about texting and driving and what you should do in the event that an accident occurs.
What Do I Do After an Accident?
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to do so, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred and caused your accident. To do that, it is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911
- If an accident occurs, make sure to call 911. The police can file a detailed accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene
- Be sure to take photos and videos of your injuries, the damage done to all of the cars involved, and any property that was damaged in the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts
- If someone saw your accident occur, obtain their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events. This can be key during a personal injury trial.
- Seek medical attention
- Do not simply go home after an accident. Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, you should make sure to visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right away. It is possible to have sustained an injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury accident is generally two years. If you miss the deadline, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm today to speak with a dedicated attorney.
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Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.