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Timelines matter after a car accident

Getting into a car accident can be a stressful and traumatic experience for many drivers in New Jersey. When a driver gets behind the wheel, they are exposed to all of the dangers of the roadway, including drunk, distracted, drowsy and other negligent drivers.

After a crash, a car accident victim may worry about their next steps; not only do they have to deal with injuries and a damaged vehicle, but they also need to be concerned about insurance and legal timelines for filing claims due to the crash. When drivers experience an accident, there are some guidelines to keep in mind to stay on top of necessary actions.

Of course, dealing with any emergency medical situations is the priority after an auto accident. After the immediate urgency has passed and treatment has been received, it's now time to get going on following up after the accident. In general, car accidents should always be reported swiftly to one's auto insurer regardless of who is at fault.

While the car insurer is the first and most important contact after a crash, it may work out that there are bills and expenses caused by the crash that are not fully covered by insurance. In this case, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the party at fault for the accident. Here, too, it's important to keep timelines in mind. In New Jersey, personal injury claims related to a car crash have a two-year statute of limitations, while property damage claims have a six-year statute of limitations.

When people have been victims of a car accident due to another's dangerous or reckless driving, it can be important to seek counsel from a personal injury attorney. A lawyer can work with a car accident victim to pursue compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages and other damages caused by the car crash.

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