Helping You Make Smart Decisions After Your Auto Accident
Although you may be hurt, disoriented or overwhelmed when you are involved an auto accident, the decisions you make immediately after your collision can have a big impact on your life. Learning the appropriate steps to take to protect your car accident claim now can help you build a strong case in the future.
Far too often, car accident victims have had their insurance claims denied due to preventable errors. At The Law Office of Mallon & Tranger, we are strong advocates of personal injury victims because we believe that they deserve fair compensation for their injuries.
Having represented thousands of clients for motor vehicle accident issues in Monmouth and Ocean counties and throughout New Jersey, we know the questions that victims have after crashes. We are providing these answers to frequently asked car accident questions to help you make smart choices.
Why do I need to contact the police after an accident?
You may not think it is necessary to reach out to the police after your accident. However, New Jersey laws require victims to file reports with the police when they get involved in a collision that causes at least $500 in damage. If you do not report a collision, you could face penalties and fines.
Even if you believe you are partially responsible for causing an accident, it is wise to involve the police. The accident report that the officer files can be used to support your claim so that you receive compensation from your insurance company.
I feel fine after my car accident. Why should I seek medical attention after a crash?
After an individual is involved in a traumatic event like a car accident, the body responds to this stress by sending a flood of adrenaline, which masks injury pain. Doctors are trained to detect injuries that may not be immediately obvious to car accidents victims. Some of these injuries, such as internal injuries or soft tissue injuries, manifest themselves days after an accident has occurred.
Having a connection between the injury and the accident is important to the strength of your case. When you have a doctor’s documentation of your injuries, you take an important step toward building a strong claim.
I think that my insurance settlement offer is too low. Should I settle anyway?
Even though you may pay your car insurance bills on time, your car insurance provider will not reward this loyalty with a fair settlement offer. Insurance companies do not make a profit when they pay out claims; they make their money by denying claims and encouraging policyholders to accept low offers. A knowledgeable attorney can review your insurance company’s offer to determine whether it is fair.
I think that the circumstances surrounding my accident are straightforward. Is it necessary to talk to an attorney after a crash?
Our lawyers are very familiar with the strategies that car insurance companies use to avoid fulfilling their obligations to compensate victims for the full and fair amount. We recognize the value of a car accident claim and understand the factors that affect the value of a claim. When you work with us, we will make sure your claim is thorough and goes after all sources of compensation.
If You Have Been Involved In A Car Accident, We Can Help. Talk To Us Today.
When you consult with us, we will listen to you as you detail the events leading up to your accident and give you an honest assessment of your options. Our initial case evaluations are free, so you have nothing to lose by talking to us.