Motor Vehicle Accident Attorney in Bloomfield, New Jersey
The residents of New Jersey rely on their vehicles to get where they need to go. Vehicles come in a variety of options, including cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more. The unfortunate reality is that New Jersey’s roads are congested and people don’t always drive as safely as they should. When a driver is being negligent, they may cause a motor vehicle accident to occur, which often results in serious injuries that can haunt a victim for the remainder of his or her life. If you have been injured in an automobile accident in Essex County or across New Jersey, it is important to consider your legal options. The legal team at the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. can guide you through each step of the personal injury claims process. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
Types of Automobile Accidents
Automobile accidents can involve any combination of vehicles. With so many vehicles on the busy roads of New Jersey, accidents are going to happen. The vast majority of automobile accidents that happen on our roads are caused by drowsy driving, driving while intoxicated, distracted driving, texting while driving, failure to yield, speeding, and failure to abide by stop signs. That being said, the complexity of your accident case depends heavily on the type of vehicle you were injured by. At the Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq., we understand that all accident cases need to be handled with individual attention. Our firm has experience representing clients who have been injured in the following types of automobile accidents:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Uber/Lyft accidents
- Mass transit accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Drunk driver accidents
- Injured passengers
Personal Injury Protection
New Jersey car insurance policies include a form of no-fault coverage that is often referred to as Personal Injury Protection (PIP). This exists to cover the immediate medical expenses and lost wages of the driver and any passengers who were in the car at the time of the accident, regardless of who was at fault. It is important to note that the state of New Jersey does not extend PIP coverage to motorcyclists. Those who have “limitation on lawsuit” insurance may only pursue compensation for pain and suffering if their injury is considered permanent and serious. This includes injuries that resulted in one or more of the following:
- Loss of a fetus
- Permanent injury
- Recovering Damages
While some accidents are simple fender benders where everyone is able to walk away without a scratch, others are more serious and result in broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, and other life-changing injuries. If you were seriously injured as a result of someone else’s negligence, you may be eligible to recover compensation that is referred to as damages. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. has years of experience helping clients recover damages for the cost of medical bills, rehabilitation, lost current and future wages, and more. We can even look to recover damages for the non-financial burdens you may have faced in the accident, including emotional distress, loss of independence, loss of enjoyment of life, and pain and suffering.
Burden of Proof
If you choose to take legal action against the individual who caused the accident, you will be required to prove that they were negligent. This is referred to as fulfilling the burden of proof. It is important to have a law enforcement officer come to the scene of the accident so he or she can start documenting what happened as soon as possible. It is also important to seek immediate medical attention, even if you don’t believe that you are injured because often, injuries take some time to reveal themselves and this can make it harder to show that the injury stemmed from the accident. It is also beneficial to take pictures and videos of the scene of the accident if you are able to do so.
Statute of Limitations
In the state of New Jersey, all personal injury lawsuits, including those for motor vehicle accidents, must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. This deadline is called the statute of limitations in legal terms. If you fail to file your lawsuit within the statutes of limitations, you will be barred from bringing a case against the negligent party forever. It is important to discuss your case with an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact an Essex County Auto Accident Attorney
If you have been injured in an automobile accident in New Jersey, it is important to consider your legal options. Our firm is comprised of dedicated and experienced legal professionals ready to step in and protect your legal rights. When you are unsure of where to turn, you can stop worrying. The Law Offices of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. has years of experience helping clients recover compensation so they can focus on recovering from their injuries. Contact our firm today to discuss your case for free.