Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
Automobile Accident Claims
Close to 4.5 million people in the U.S. were seriously injured in roadway accidents in 2018, and an estimated 40,000 people were killed in car crashes, according to the National Safety Council.
In New Jersey, state police reported 565 drivers, passengers, cyclists, and pedestrians were killed in 2018.
At Dansky | Katz | Ringold, we understand how serious and devastating car accidents can be, and we are here to make sure your rights are protected.
What to Do When You are Injured in a Car Accident
Unfortunately, accidents happen every day. Despite a decreasing rate of fatalities over the years, the potential for devastation – physically, emotionally, and financially – is still great. Accidents can create huge burdens for those involved, which is why we treat each of our clients like family.
If you have been involved in a car accident, and you have questions concerning your rights for legal action, our motor vehicle accident attorneys are here to help.
In most cases, if you sustained injuries in an accident you did not cause, you have a valid claim that could be pursued alongside an experienced legal team. If an insurance company offers you settlement, do not accept payment without first consulting a legal team.
Filing a Car Accident Lawsuit
In New Jersey, those who have been injured or suffered the loss of a loved one due to an automobile accident have the right to file two possible legal claims:
1. No-Fault Insurance Claim:
New Jersey has a No-Fault rule. This means that no matter who is at fault for the accident, your own insurance is the one who is responsible for paying you. This is why auto insurance policies in New Jersey include Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage.
If you have questions regarding your insurance policy or PIP coverage, we will provide a complimentary review of your insurance policy and provide any recommendations we deem necessary.
2. Personal Injury or Wrongful Death:
In these types of lawsuits, you are making a claim for any losses you have suffered as a result of the accident. Whether the claim is personal injury or wrongful death, it is filed against the driver who caused the crash.
While it may be confusing to understand which claim is right for your situation, the best way to ensure you pursue the right legal action is to consult with a New Jersey injury attorney as soon as possible. It is also important to note that pursuing a personal injury lawsuit does not necessarily mean you will have to go to court. Many times, motor vehicle accident cases are settled outside of the courtroom. Whatever your case is, one of our experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyers can help you navigate your options and pursue the right claim for your situation.
What is the Process for a Motor Vehicle Claim?
There are many steps involved in navigating the process of obtaining compensation for a motor vehicle claim. Your legal team will conduct an investigation into the crash, collecting evidence from police reports, witnesses, and subject matter experts to determine the facts.
We will assess the physical and emotional harm done as a result of the accident and determine the extent of the damages.
After carefully reviewing your auto insurance policy, we will refer you to reputable and trusted medical specialists. Our office will handle all of the paperwork and requests for information regarding your accident. We can also help you arrange to have your car fixed and obtain a rental car if necessary.
We will arrange for your medical bills to be paid through the Personal Injury Protection (PIP) provision of your auto insurance policy. Many times, your insurance company becomes an adversary once you make a claim against your policy, as they try to minimize the amount your policy pays in benefits. We work on your behalf to make sure you receive the full amount you have a legal right to obtain, whether that is through settling out of court or taking the case to trial.
How Long Do You Have to File a Personal Injury Claim in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury claims is two years from the date of the accident.
This means that by law, a legal claim must be filed within that period of time in the State of New Jersey. It is imperative to pay attention to this deadline, as you may lose the right to recover just compensation if you delay taking action.
How Much Does a Personal Injury Lawyer Cost in New Jersey?
We work hard to fight for the compensation you deserve, without burdening you with fees. This is why our attorneys work on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay a fee if you recover money from your settlement or verdict of your case.
We always offer free consultations and case reviews, so that you can feel comfortable knowing you have the top lawyers working on your case.
How Much is a Car Accident Worth?
Many factors are considered in determining how much a car accident is worth, and our team fights to earn you compensation for damages. Compensation can be categorized as economic and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include tangible costs as a result of the accident such as medical bills and lost wages. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering and compensation for the injuries sustained that could have a life-altering impact.
Furthermore, the case could include punitive damages, which seek to punish the defendant and prevent the conduct from occurring in the future. For example, if a defective car part caused the accident, the plaintiff may attempt to earn compensation from the carmaker.
Why Should You Retain Dansky | Katz | Ringold?
Pursuing a personal injury claim for a car accident can be a challenging process, from determining which type of claim you want to pursue to determining which benefits and compensation you may be entitled to receive. Add in the deadline for the statute of limitations, and it is clear why choosing the right representation is so important.
At Dansky | Katz | Ringold, we will skillfully handle all of the red tape that is involved in corresponding with the insurance companies, so that you may focus on what’s more important: your recovery.
There are also distinct laws surrounding truck and motorcycle accidents, and our team has experience handling each type of case.
Regardless of the cause of the accident, the attorneys at Dansky | Katz | Ringold pursue all possible sources of potential liability to maximize the amount of damages our clients receive.
If you or a loved one are involved in an accident in New Jersey, it’s imperative that you contact one of our personal injury attorneys as soon as possible. At Dansky | Katz | Ringold, we will work to ensure your rights are protected. Please contact one of our personal injury attorneys by calling our toll free number: 800-609-7577