Serving Clients Throughout The State Of New Jersey
New Jersey’s congested roads, high speeds, and difficult-to-navigate roadways create a dangerous environment for drivers across the state. Distracted drivers, drunk drivers, and overworked truck drivers contribute to this dangerous mix and increase the risk of accidents for everyone on the road.
After an automobile accident, we expect insurance companies to protect our health and financial rights, but this doesn’t always happen. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman is here to help ensure you receive the compensation you need and deserve.
Our personal injury law office has successfully resolved countless auto accident cases for clients throughout the state of New Jersey. With close proximity to heavily trafficked roads such as Route 80, Route 46, Garden State Parkway, and the New Jersey Turnpike, our car accident injury attorneys have the experience, knowledge, and legal skills needed to protect your financial future after an auto accident.
What Do I Do After A Car Accident? New Jersey Car Accident Injury Lawyers
Being involved in an auto accident can be a traumatic experience. However, it is important that you remain calm and take measures to protect the health and safety of everyone involved.
Call 911 if someone has been injured in the accident. You should only move yourself or another involved party if they are in immediate danger. Otherwise, do not move an injured person as it may worsen their condition.
Make sure to exchange insurance information with the other driver. Obtain their driver’s license number, license plate, insurance policy number, and any other relevant information.
You should never sign any documents given to you by your insurance company or the insurance company of the other driver without first speaking with your attorney. Many insurance companies may try to take advantage of you by convincing you to waive your rights or by offering injury compensation that is less than you deserve. Before signing any documents, speak with your New Jersey car accident injury attorney to make sure your rights and financial future are properly protected.
Even if you believe that you haven’t been injured, it is highly recommended that you visit a doctor after a car accident. Many injuries such as those to the brain or spine are not immediately apparent, but can be devastating if not treated promptly. The longer you wait to diagnose these types of injuries and begin treatment, the worse they can get.
How Your NJ Car Insurance Policy Affects Your Rights to Personal Injury Compensation
When selecting a car insurance policy in New Jersey, drivers can choose between varying levels of PIP (personal injury protection). PIP is no-fault insurance, meaning it covers medical expenses and lost wages resulting from car accident injuries regardless of who was responsible for the accident. The higher the level of PIP protection, the greater the amount available to you in the event of an injury (but the more you will pay for your policy).
In addition to PIP coverage, drivers also choose whether their policy allows for an unlimited right to sue. Limited policies cost less, but only allow auto accident injury victims to seek compensation for medical expenses and lost wages (more compensation sources exist). The exception to this is in cases of severe injuries such as dismemberment, disfiguration, a lost fetus, or a permanent disability or injury.
With an unlimited right to sue, injured individuals can sue for pain and suffering damages in addition to medical expenses and lost wages. Pain and suffering damages often represent the largest portion of recoveries in a personal injury case.
What Happens If I Am Partially At Fault For My Car Accident?
Partial fault in injury cases is accounted for by what is known as comparative negligence. The concept of comparative negligence often plays a large role in personal injury claims, especially in motor vehicle accidents such as car accidents, truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents.
The fault of an auto accident does not always fall fully on one person; this is the premise of comparative negligence. For example, one driver may not be wearing a seatbelt at the time of an accident caused by another driver. Not wearing a seatbelt caused the victim’s injuries to be worse than they would have been had the victim been wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
When the victim is determined to be partially at fault for their injuries, their total compensation is reduced by the same percentage of fault they are at. If an individual’s car accident injury claim would award $500,000, but the individual is found to be 20% at fault, they would only receive $400,000.
This is another key reason to retain the services of an experienced personal injury attorney. Many insurance companies will try to assign more fault to the injury victim in an effort to reduce the overall settlement awarded. Your New Jersey car accident attorney can ensure that you are not wrongly assigned fault, and that you receive the full amount of compensation possible in your case.
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At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we have over 50 years of experience helping clients across the state of New Jersey recover full and fair compensation for a wide variety of auto accident injury claims.
Led by a New Jersey Supreme Court Certified Civil Trial Attorney, our personal injury team has already recovered millions of dollars in compensation for our clients, and we are ready to put our years of education and experience to work for you.
For a free confidential consultation regarding your auto accident injury case, please contact us online or through our office today.