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What to do after suffering injuries in a hit-and-run

New Jersey roadways can be deadly. According to data from the New Jersey State Police, 418 fatal crashes have already occurred in the state in 2017. It is already more than the total number of fatal crashes that took place in 2016. 

Suffering injuries in a car accident is bad enough. It becomes even more stressful when the other driver takes off before the injured party has a chance to acquire any kind of insurance information. There are steps available for people to take who seek compensation. 

Contact emergency services

When a driver has suffered injuries, the most important step is to contact an ambulance and see a doctor. This will help in the documentation process and help record the incident. The driver also wants to make sure the police arrive at the scene. Cooperate with the officer's investigation, and make sure everything in the officer's report is accurate. 

Remember as much about the vehicle as possible

When people suffer injuries in a car accident, they often have other things to focus on. However, drivers should still attempt to make out basic information about the hit-and-run driver. This can include the make and model of the vehicle. Getting a license plate number can help greatly. Additionally, someone at the scene should take pictures of the car and surrounding area. Pictures are helpful when filing an insurance claim, and there may be information about the other vehicle on the victim's car, such as the license plate pressing against the body, leaving behind an impression of the number. 

Look into New Jersey's no-fault laws

New Jersey is a no-fault state when it comes to auto insurance. This means even if another driver takes off after an accident, the victim's insurance agency will still pay to cover damages to the vehicle and medical expenses. There is usually a limit to how much an insurance agency needs to pay, but it can help with moving on from the incident. 

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