Our New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Explain
Car accidents are the most common form of injuries and fatalities in the nation. Statistically, millions of people die each year in our nation from car accidents. What are the causes of car accidents? While some are caused by bad weather conditions, the highest percentage involve the recklessness of other motorists, such as drunk driving accidents, distracted or negligent driving, speeding and reckless driving, or fatigued vehicle operators. Distracted driving can also mean that a driver was engaging in actions such as texting while driving, or other activities that affect their ability to control their vehicle. Other causes could include defective auto products or a vehicle that has not been well maintained. Being involved in an auto accident can be not only painful and traumatic, but it can also cost you lost income if you've been impaired physically and can no longer work.
You may be eligible for compensation for your:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of companionship
It is important to contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as you've been involved in an auto accident so that you can get legal advice from a skilled advocate regarding your rights and options for compensation.
Three Steps to Take After a Car Accident
We recommend that you take the following steps after a car accident:
- Take photos of the scene - This may prove to be a vital component in the success of your case later on, as the other driver may try to dispute the allegations that they were at fault for the accident or that you have suffered a serious injury in the crash. Luckily, almost everyone has a cell phone that is equipped with a camera, so there is no reason not to snap a few pictures of both vehicles and of any visible injuries that you have sustained.
- Get witness statements - Speak to any witnesses that were present during the accident. Collecting their contact information could be an invaluable asset to your claim, as the other driver and/or their insurance provider may try to skew the facts in an attempt to pay you less in a settlement. Having the testimony of multiple eye witnesses, however, will protect you from being manipulated by the other party. Make sure to take the third step.
- Get medical attention - Seek medical treatment for your injuries, regardless of how minor they may seem on the surface. Many times a victim will not realize how injured they really are until they have been checked out by a doctor, as some types of injuries are not immediately visible. This often includes closed-head injuries, internal bleeding, organ damage, and a variety of other serious conditions. In addition, having a detailed medical record is a good resource to utilize when filing an insurance claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
The next thing to do is hire an auto accident lawyer. Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law can step in and handle everything so you can focus on healing. Visit our car accident FAQ or contact us to discuss your case at no charge.
Consult with Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law
At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, we have a team of experienced attorneys who will work with you to achieve the settlement that you deserve. We will do everything possible to defend your rights and will work with you by your side to help you through such a trying time. Although many safety standards, laws, and restrictions have been implemented in society, vehicle-related accidents and fatalities are continuously on the rise. Our New Jersey accident attorneys are familiar with insurance company tactics to lower what they are obligated to pay you, and our lawyers can negotiate for the compensation that will address all of the damages in your case.
For more information, please give us a call at (201) 870-1909 today.
Do I need an attorney if I've already been offered a settlement?
The offer you received from the insurance company is almost certainly less than what you are entitled to, by a significant margin. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are structured to maximize their own profits, and in addition to offering a minimal amount in any settlement, they will also commonly employ aggressive tactics against claimants like you to discourage requests for full compensation. We can not only advise you of what your case is really worth, but also provide skilled representation to help you recover damages.
How much is my case worth?
Each personal injury case is unique, and your attorney will consult with you in detail to help you determine the full value of your claim. In any fair settlement, you should expect to receive enough money to cover all your medical bills, from emergency treatment at the scene of the accident to rehabilitative care to help you fully recover. Claims of this nature should also cover the amount of income you will lose due to the injury from missing work or inability to perform on your job, as well as compensation for the pain and suffering you experienced.
How long will it take to resolve my case?
A variety of factors will play into how long it takes to get your insurance settlement, from the availability of evidence to support your claim to how cooperative the insurance company is and how effectively you can prepare your case. At our firm, our legal team takes every case seriously and we will do everything possible to achieve a successful resolution for you. We will also keep you informed throughout the entire process about what you may be up against and how long you can expect your case to take.