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3 things you should do after a car accident

No matter the severity, being involved in a car accident can be a scary experience. Even a slight fender-bender can leave you shaken in the aftermath. Unfortunately, the days and moments after a car accident are the most important times to keep a clear head and make decisions. In fact, one of the best things you can do to prepare in case you are ever in a car accident in New Jersey is to keep a post-accident checklist in your phone or a hard copy in your glove compartment.

What happens after a car accident can have a major impact on how an insurance company processes your claim. Certain actions will make the process easier while others could seriously inhibit your ability to successfully win the compensation you deserve. While you probably already know the basics, such as not leaving the scene and exchanging contact information with the other driver, there might be a few that you haven't put on your checklist yet. Here are a few less obvious things you should do after a car wreck that is not your fault.

Dismantle personal injury claims made against your company

While truckers are sometimes liable for semitruck crashes, there are many times when another person is the one who caused the wreck. Still, injured motorists might try to blame the trucker or trucking company because they feel like that is a ticket to getting a good payday because of the accident. We know that this isn't fair to your company. We are here to battle back against frivolous claims.

There are many things that need to come together to show that your company is liable for the damages of the crash. We work to dismantle the case against your company so that you aren't having to absorb the financial costs that come with having to pay these claims. We want to protect your company.

Self-insured people must fight claims of negligence

Being accused of causing an accident when you are self-insured can dramatically change the course of your life. You have to come out of pocket for exorbitant damages because of a lawsuit. You have to think carefully about how to proceed in these cases. We are here to help you defend yourself against any claims.

When you are sued for a car accident, the person who files the complaint is likely seeking financial damages that may be inflated. Even for a soft tissue injury, complainants often seek large settlements. We know that whiplash doesn't usually create life-long damge and can challenge these ridiculous claims.

Fight back against frivolous claims against your company

Landowners are expected to keep their properties in suitable shape. When a property isn't kept up, it is possible that visitors to those places can suffer from injuries due to accidents like slip and falls. This is problematic since innocent victims aren't expected to cover these costs. This is especially true when the accident occurs at a commercial establishment.

While many people think that there aren't ever serious injuries in these accidents, it is possible for a person to suffer serious injuries. A person can hit their head on the ground, which can lead to a brain injury. Depending on how they fall, they might suffer from a spinal cord injury. Trying to brace themselves for the impact can lead to a broken bone. All of these can require medical care and time off work.

Some semitruck wrecks aren't due to the trucker's actions

It is all too easy to blame semitruck drivers for all wrecks involving these large vehicles, but there are times when they aren't the ones to blame. One such incident occurs when other drivers dart in front of them and cause a safety hazard. This often happens when the driver is trying to make it an interstate exit or when they are simply too impatient to wait behind the semitruck.

Many people don't think about how difficult it is for a trucker to react in a controlled manner when this happens. In some cases, they only have two choices – to hit the vehicle that cut in front of them or to try to swerve to avoid that car. Unfortunately, swerving can lead to the truck hitting another vehicle. Anyone who is driving around semis should remember that these vehicles are large and heavy, so they have a much longer stopping distance, and they can't turn on a dime.

Premarital agreements: Vital points to remember

The desire to protect yourself is built into the human mind, so it shouldn't be any surprise that this occurs even when you are going to get married. You will naturally hope that the marriage will last forever, but you also know that you need to protect yourself in case it doesn't. One way that you can do this through a prenuptial agreement in New Jersey.

This agreement is made between you and your future spouse. It contains information about various aspects of the marital finances and what is going to happen if the union ends before the death of one spouse. You should consider the terms of this carefully to ensure that it is set up appropriately.

Circumstances dictate your actions after a car crash

Traveling on the interstates in this area is sometimes a test in patience. Some drivers don't follow the flow of traffic, and some don't obey the traffic laws. These issues can lead to very serious accidents that have significant impacts on the innocent victims. We know that you never thought you would be facing a catastrophic injury because of a negligent driver. If you are in this position now, we are here to help you to seek compensation so that you aren't left holding the financial burden from the crash.

The circumstances of the crash and the specifics of your injury are going to play a part in what you can do. When the other driver was at fault, you might choose to seek compensation through a civil lawsuit. This sends two strong messages. The first is that you are holding them accountable for their actions. The second it that they should be held financially liable for the impacts of the injury.

How can homes be modified for people with spinal cord injuries?

There are a variety of injuries that may result when a semitruck slams into a passenger vehicle. One of the possibilities is that a victim will suffer a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, these are often lifelong injuries that require significant modifications in order to carry out activities of daily living (ADL).

Some with spinal cord injuries might be paralyzed from the accident. This can mean that they need to have a wheelchair to remain mobile. Not only do they have to think about transportation, they also need to have a home where they are free to move around.

Shopping injuries can lead to considerable damages

When you visit a store, you think that you are going to be safe. You wouldn't ever expect that the business would have things that are unsafe for the customers. Unfortunately, not all store employees think carefully about what is going on. This can lead to people suffering injuries when they just wanted to go buy the goods they need.

One of the possible issues that can come up when you are shopping is people overloading the upper shelves. The shelving systems that stores use aren't meant to be top heavy, so trying to put bulky or heavy items on those overhead shelves can lead to the entire unit falling over. There is also a chance that merchandise will slip off them and land right on top of you.

Good organization before divorce can help prevent some stress

Divorce can be one of the most stressful times in someone’s life. Ending a marriage causes emotional stress, disruption to your routine and your support system can cause additional stress, and the divorce process itself can be stressful if you are not prepared for it. However, there are steps you can take early in the divorce process to help minimize some of that stress and help the divorce process go as smoothly as possible.

Getting your documents organized before a divorce can help you process some of the changes happening in your life and can prepare you to focus your energy on the most important aspects of your divorce first. Having organized documents can also help you be more prepared for the paperwork component of the divorce process, and in some circumstances, it may even help you reach more favorable results in your divorce.

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