While pileup accidents are devastating and often tragic events, this does not mean that they are either uncommon or unlikely to happen. We often spend several hours per day in vehicles, and violations of traffic laws occur every minute. Roads can be full of distracted, tired, and even intoxicated drivers. For all of these reasons, it is important to be prepared and know what to do, as well as what NOT to do, if you are involved in a pileup accident.
The seasoned attorneys at Helmer, Conley & Kasselman have supported many clients as they go through the aftermath and effects of being involved in a pileup accident. Our team has strong, in-depth knowledge of the consequences of pileups accidents. Speak with a New Jersey personal injury lawyer from our firm today for compassionate and informed guidance as you deal with your accident. Even if you have already received an insurance settlement offer, there are many factors to consider before accepting an insurance settlement for your accident, and our team of New Jersey personal injury attorneys can also help you with this part of the process.
DON’T Just Get One Party’s Information
Pileup accidents are called that because they involve many parties and occur in a chaotic, collective manner. For this reason, it’s important to get the contact information of as many drivers (as well as their insurance providers). Different drivers will inevitably have different insurance policies, which will provide varying levels of compensation for your injuries. Call the police and provide as much information as possible at the accident scene. Maximize your resources and ability to receive compensation – get as much information as possible, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses.
DON’T Wait to Obtain Evidence – Get it Right Then and There
If you don’t act to preserve and record evidence, its existence can fade and disappear. Don’t rely on anyone else involved in the pileup to provide a thorough report to the police or medical professionals. To the extent possible,
Types of evidence that can be especially helpful include:
- Police reports
- Doctor or hospital reports
- Videos and images taken at the site of the accident
- Written or recorded witness testimony
- Cell phone, GPS, or other technology records
If You’re in a Pileup, Seek a New Jersey Personal Injury Attorney
So much can change in an instant when you are involved in a pileup accident. However, it is very important to remember to consult with a seasoned New Jersey personal injury lawyer who can analyze your situation and advise on how you can possibly receive compensation from one or more parties.
Many life changes and problems that may occur after you’ve been involved in a pileup can be resolved and may ultimately disappear. However, the knowledge and satisfaction that you stood up for yourself and fought for your rights and just compensation during this difficult time will last forever. Don’t miss out. Contact us now to discuss the facts of your accident, and learn how our law firm can potentially help you move through this phase of your life.