Auto Accident FAQs Answered
At Cohen & Riechelson, we are fully prepared to provide assistance in your auto accident-related matter in Princeton, Hamilton, Trenton, and the greater Mercer County area
What to Do After a Car Accident?
After being involved in a car accident:
- stay calm and stay at the scene
- call 911 if you are injured or someone at the scene requires medical assistance
- call the police non-emergency line if no one is injured but there is property damage
- inspect and document the scene if safe to do so with your cellphone or camera
- exchange driver info and insurance details – do NOT admit guilt
- seek medical attention – essential you get treatment and begin documenting injuries and establishing the relationship between the accident and the injuries
- contact your insurance provider and provide general details of the accident, as they will get more specific details in the police report
- speak with a personal injury and accident attorney
What are the most common Causes of Car Accidents?
Typical causes of car accidents in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are:
- negligent drivers
- distracted drivers
- tired drivers
- drunk driving
- road hazards
- animal in road
- another automobile accident
- defective automotive parts and products
What are the most common types of Auto Accidents?
Knowing the type of car accident is a significant factor when filing a claim, seeking compensation, determining liability, and understanding the type of visible and non-visible (brain trauma, concussion, PTSD, spinal cord, etc) and delayed symptoms of injuries that occurred. The most frequent kinds of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey and Pennsylvania are, among others:
- drunk driving
- distracted driving
- rear-end collisions
- side-impact collisions
- head-on collisions
- truck and commercial vehicle
- motorcycle accidents
- bicycle accidents
Our team of personal injury attorneys and accident injury experts has a wealth of knowledge needed to bolster your claim and guide it through the courts quickly and efficiently.
What are the most Common Injuries Resulting from Car Accidents?
Automobile accidents can cause injuries to virtually any part of the body and can range in severity from superficial to catastrophic, and vary depending on the rate of speed being driven, the number of other vehicles involved, weather and road conditions, if a seatbelt was worn, and the type of vehicles involved. Typical injuries sustained by car accident victims in New Jersey and Pennsylvania include:
- traumatic brain injuries
- open and closed head injuries
- facial injuries
- spinal cord injuries
- back and neck injuries
- amputations/losses of limbs
- fractures and broken bones
- scarring and disfigurement
- eye injuries
- knee injuries
- psychological injuries (emotional distress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD)
Don’t delay filing an accident injury claim even if you think your injuries aren’t serious or if you realize weeks or months after the accident that you have sustained an injury. Seeking expert legal advice is a good way to protect your rights and better understand your options.
What are Complex Injury Claims?
Complex injury claims can involve large damage awards and insurance companies will do their best not to pay them. An experienced personal injury attorney and their investigators will work with you to collect evidence, medical documentation, pursue your personal injury claim, work to identify the liable parties, and help you seek compensation from each one.
What if a Person Dies in an Auto Accident?
When an accident results in a serious injury or death, an insurance company often tries to limit or deny compensation to the accident victim or that of their family in a wrongful death case. The insurer may send investigators to the scene of the accident to find evidence that limits its liability or get the victim to sign a medical authorization release form to pressure them into a low-ball settlement.
What is Considered Fault & Liability?
Suffering a personal injury can drastically change your life, leave you out of work, and struggling under a mountain of medical bills. If your car accident was the result of the negligent actions of another party, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical expenses, out-of-pocket costs, prescription medication, wage loss, short term or long-term physical therapy, vehicle repairs, long-term care, loss of life’s enjoyment, and pain and suffering among other things.
Filing a claim means collecting evidence and documenting not only that your injuries are a result of the accident itself, but it requires you to establish that another party’s carelessness or other contributing factors caused your injuries. As often is the case, the insurance company that covers the liable party may deny your claim or might attempt to claim you caused the accident or even dispute that your injuries are as severe.
What if I am Liable For a Motor Vehicle Accident?
New Jersey and Pennsylvania are no-fault states. Even if you are at fault in a single-car accident or you believe the accident is the result of a vehicle defect, you can file a claim with your insurance company for compensation for your medical bills. Because insurance companies often worry about fraud-related single-car accident claims, it is essential to have a well-respected law firm with more than 40 years of experience representing auto accident victims at your side, to protect your rights and ensure you receive a fair settlement.
How can an Auto Accident Attorney Help You?
We will gather evidence and records, use our investigators and experts to help strengthen your case, and negotiate or litigate the best outcome for the claim. Our lawyers will guide you through the process and take the burden off of you, so you don’t have to deal with insurance companies, other drivers’ attorneys, or legal challenges you may face.
If you or someone close to you has been injured in a car accident, the Law Offices of Cohen & Riechelson, has helped numerous clients obtain compensation for injuries sustained in traumatic injury accidents throughout New Jersey and Pennsylvania since 1972. Our experienced team of lawyers is dedicated to helping you obtain the compensation you need and deserve.
Contact us at (609) 528-2596 or fill out our online form to schedule your free confidential consultation today. Among other nearby places, we handle cases in Hamilton, Trenton, Ewing, Lawrence, Hopewell, and Princeton.