New Jersey Car Accident Attorney
After a serious car accident in New Jersey, the lawyers at Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP can give you welcome peace of mind. While you focus on recovering from your injuries, we’ll work hard behind the scenes to help you recover your financial losses. We’ll take over insurance settlement negotiations, collect evidence from your accident, and help you any way we can in the fight for full compensation from an at-fault party. Don’t take on a car accident claim on your own. Contact us today to learn more during a free consultation with a qualified New Jersey car accident attorney.
How Can a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer Help?
New Jersey is a no-fault state, making it difficult for some auto accident victims to seek full recovery. The best way to ensure that you get the most possible for your damages is with help from an attorney. At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, we have the resources, legal knowledge, and – most importantly – passion for helping people, you need for exceptional legal representation. We pride ourselves on the services we provide for clients, which go well beyond the average firm. We exceed expectations with help such as:
- Personal attention from lead attorneys. When you contact our firm, you’ll get to talk directly with a New Jersey car accident attorney about your case, not a paralegal or assistant. We care about the people we help, not the numbers. Every client that calls us receives one-on-one help regarding their car accident claims, as well as tailored legal solutions. We treat each client like our only client.
- Aggressive insurance settlement negotiations. Your insurance company will hire a claim adjuster to investigate your crash, deny your claim, or accept it and offer a settlement. The adjuster is not your friend. His or her main goal is to convince you to settle for as little as possible. Before saying yes to a quick settlement, talk to a New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Our skilled negotiators can likely get much more for your case without having to go to court.
- The ability to go to trial. While the majority of car accident cases in New Jersey successfully settle without the need for a trial, it works in your favor to retain an attorney with trial experience. When an insurance company knows a client can take a case to court, it’s more likely to offer a larger settlement to prevent a trial. Trials are costly for defendants.
Unless you’re an attorney, you could make costly mistakes in negotiating your own car accident claim. Making mistakes during the filing process can cost you valuable time and money. You could miss New Jersey’s statute of limitations, for example, and lose your eligibility for compensation. Errors during settlement negotiation can also hurt you, costing you thousands of dollars you might have otherwise won. The best thing you can do for yourself after a harmful motor vehicle accident is to work with an experienced, reputable car accident attorney in New Jersey.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Vehicle collisions can occur in many different ways. When a driver isn’t paying attention, texts and drives, or otherwise endangers the lives of others through negligence or recklessness behind the wheel, he or she can cause many types of crashes. At our New Jersey firm, we’ve come to recognize a few types of accidents that arise out of negligence more than others. If you or a loved one was recently in any of the following types of collisions, contact us to discuss your rights:
- Head-on collision. When one vehicle collides with another head-on, it shows that the driver wasn’t paying attention to the road, lost control of the vehicle, fell asleep behind the wheel, or was driving the wrong way.
- Rear-end collision. Distracted driving, speeding, tailgating, and following too closely are the most common reasons for rear-end collisions. The driver striking from behind is almost always the at-fault party in these crashes.
- Single-vehicle accidents. Even if no one else was involved in your crash, you could still be eligible for compensation. If a defective auto part or dangerous roadway contributed to your accident, you might have a claim.
- Cross-traffic accident. Drivers pulling out into the road when it’s not safe to so can result in cross-traffic or T-bone accidents. Running red lights, rolling through stop signs, or making a left turn without yielding the right-of-way can cause these crashes.
- Rollovers. Vehicle rollovers can stem from high-speed collisions, loss of vehicle control, a tire blowout, striking a pothole, or because of the design of a vehicle. Another driver, roadway maintenance company, or vehicle manufacturer could be liable for rollovers.
Call our firm after any type of accident if it caused you or a loved one broken bones, a head or brain injury, spinal cord injury, serious burns, other catastrophic injuries, or wrongful death. Severe and fatal injuries deserve attention from a reliable New Jersey car accident attorney. We can investigate your accident, help you determine fault, and take the appropriate legal action from there.
New Jersey Car Accident Statistics
At Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, you’re more than a number in a case file. You’re someone whose life might never be the same after a serious car accident. We see the human side of car accidents, not just the financial impact. Looking at the statistics, however, can give you a better idea of just how common auto collisions are in New Jersey. You’re not alone as a car accident victim. Help is available from personal injury attorneys with a long track record of success. The following data is the most recent for the state of New Jersey:
- From March 2017 to March 2018, 99 fatal car accidents took 108 lives in New Jersey. This was two fewer deaths from the previous year to date and 12 fewer deaths from 2016-2017.
- Most accident-related fatalities in New Jersey are vehicle drivers, with 49 total deaths from March 2017-2018. Pedestrians are the second-highest number, with 38 deaths during the same period.
- People ages 50 to 79 are most at risk of death in car crashes in New Jersey. The most vulnerable pedestrians are those ages 50 to 64.
- In 2016, 256,482 reported car accidents occurred throughout the state of New Jersey. The county with the highest number of accidents was Essex with 26,952, followed by Bergen with 26,879 and Middlesex with 26,051.
- In 2015, handheld cell phones caused at least 1,668 car accidents in New Jersey and hands-free phones caused 1,903. It’s illegal to use a handheld mobile device while driving in New Jersey.
Every year, thousands of new car accident victims must pick up the pieces after negligent drivers and other parties cause wrecks. Mounting medical bills, lost wages from missed work, significant pain, and suffering, temporary or permanent disabilities, the loss of a beloved family member…all of these are compensable damages in a New Jersey car accident claim. Maximize the compensation you receive after a harmful crash with help from our New Jersey car accident lawyers.
New Jersey Car Accident Laws
Another benefit of hiring an attorney is that you don’t have to learn or know New Jersey’s car accident laws yourself. Navigating dozens of federal, state, and local traffic accident statutes can be a headache. Leave these complex tasks to a team of attorneys so that you can concentrate on healing. We realize, however, that learning the law can give accident victims important information about the status of their claims. The following are three laws to know about car crashes in New Jersey:
- Choice no-fault insurance laws. New Jersey law requires accident victims to seek primary damage recovery through their own car insurers, regardless of who is at fault for the crash. NJ is unique, however, in that residents can choose between no-fault and traditional insurance coverage. Knowing when you do or do not have the right to bring a personal injury claim can require help from an attorney.
- Statute of limitations. If you do have grounds to bring a personal injury claim against one or more parties for a car accident, you have two years from the date of your crash or the date you discover injuries to file your claim with the civil courts. If filing for wrongful death, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death (not necessarily the date of the accident) to file.
- Comparative negligence rules. New Jersey is a “modified comparative negligence” state, meaning that even if someone is partially at fault for an accident, he or she could still recover a portion of damages. The courts will subtract the claimant’s percentage of fault from the total compensation award, up to 50% of fault. If a plaintiff is more than 50% responsible for the crash, however, he or she loses the right to recover.
The Meirowitz & Wasserberg, LLP, team has decades of combined experience negotiating claims through the web of New Jersey car accident laws. We can help you position your claim in its best light during settlement negotiations and/or personal injury trials. Whether you have insurance, don’t have insurance, suffered a hit-and-run, contributed to the accident, or simply don’t know where to begin when it comes to securing compensation for a crash, contact us. We’ll sort everything out on your behalf.
Free Consultation with a New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
Talk to a car accident attorney in New Jersey today. Super Lawyers named both Samuel Meirowitz and Daniel Wasserberg as top attorneys. After a car accident, don’t hesitate to contact our firm to find out if you’re eligible for financial compensation through an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. We can help you get to the bottom of your crash and fight for maximum damages recovery. Call (833) 726-6326 for a free car accident consultation.