The U.S. insurance industry estimates drivers get into car accidents approximately once every 18 years. That statistic may be higher for drivers in New Jersey, since the Garden State has a higher population density than most. When you or a loved one is involved in a car accident in South Jersey, it is important to know what to do to remain safe.
First, make sure you and your car are out of harm’s way. Although there is never a good place to get into a car accident, try to move your car over out of the line of traffic and turn on your hazard lights. While most drivers want to exit the vehicle as soon as possible to assess damage, this may not always be the best idea.
Once out of harm’s way, call 9-1-1 regardless of whether there was an injury or not. Know whether there are any injuries involved before you call 9-1-1. Whenever you are unsure of what to do in this situation, call the authorities.
One of the most important things to do is to document the crash at the time that it happens. This is easier to do now with smartphones. Taking pictures is helpful, but also consider taking video of the scene or of others’ accounts of what happened. Most importantly, you may want to take a video of your own account of the events that occurred. Make sure to write down contact information of witnesses. Documentation in the moment is crucial since crashes are usually completely unexpected and memories of the accident can be clouded as time passes.
Camden Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Seek Compensation for Personal Injuries
Camden car accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law can assist you with all of the proper steps to take in the aftermath of a car accident. Our offices are located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Philadelphia, and we serve victims of car accidents in South Jersey including Burlington County, Camden County, Salem County, Gloucester County, Cumberland County, and Atlantic County. Additionally, in Pennsylvania we serve Philadelphia County, Bucks County, Montgomery County, Delaware County, and Chester County. Call us today toll free at 856-414-0010 to schedule your free confidential consultation, or submit an online contact form.