With so many vehicles on busy roads every day, automobile accidents happen more often than anyone would like them to. This can happen with any type of vehicle because of many different things. The majority of accidents are caused by driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving, texting and driving, speeding, failure to abide traffic signs, and more. The results of automobile accidents may depend on a number of things: the size of the vehicles, their speed, and the impact. While some people are able to walk away from an accident, other instances can result in life-changing injuries. If you have been injured in an automobile accident as a result of negligence, it is important to contact a skilled attorney.
Types of Accidents
There are many different types of automobile accidents that may occur. While many people hear automobile accidents and immediately think of cars, there are other types of accidents as well. Some examples of automobile accidents may consist of:
- Car accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Truck accidents
- Mass transit accidents
- Uber/Lyft accidents
- Drunk driving accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Injured passengers
In the state of New Jersey, there is a deadline on when an individual may file a lawsuit for automobile accidents. This is called a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations to file is within two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to do so within the time limit, you will be unable to ever present a case against the negligent party.
Burden of Proof
When an automobile accident case is brought to court, it is required that the injured party provides evidence that proves negligence. This is what is called the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof involves finding any evidence holding another party responsible for your injury. In order to find someone negligent, the injured must prove that the accident and the injury were caused by the negligence of that party. Evidence to prove so may consist of a police report after the accident, medical documentation of your injuries, pictures/videos of the scene, and any witnesses to the accident.
Personal Injury Protection
In the state of New Jersey, car insurance policies include a “no-fault coverage” that is known as Personal Injury Protection. This protection covers any immediate medical expenses and wages that are lost by those involved in the accident, no matter who is at fault. In New Jersey, this extends to all vehicles with the exception of motorcyclists. Individuals who have “limitation on lawsuit” insurance may only seek compensation for pain and suffering. This may include the following injuries:
- Permanent injury
- Recovering damages
- Loss of a fetus
Those who are injured as a result of negligence may be able to receive compensation for their damages. This may include medical bills, rehabilitation, loss of wages (current and future), and more. It may also cover financial hardships encountered during the accident, such as emotional distress, pain, and suffering.
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If you or a loved one have been injured as a result of an automobile accident and you are looking for legal representation, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.
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