Have you or someone in your family been injured in an auto accident caused by someone else? You’re likely bearing the weight of the injury, the medical bills, and the difficult changes in your life brought on by this misfortune.
But you shouldn’t have to carry the burden by yourself. The law may be on your side, entitling you to compensation and justice to help you recover. Fight for what you deserve with the reliable legal help of the Grossman Law Firm.
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Why You Should File A Car Accident Claim
Are you reluctant to take the appropriate legal steps after your accident? Don’t be — it is your right, and the result could be very favorable to you. Without a legal claim, the insurance company may refuse to pay you the amount you are entitled to — or any amount at all — and you may be left facing the costs of your injuries by yourself.
You don’t even have to bring your case to court. Most vehicle accident cases are in fact settled outside the courtroom. However, you’ll want an experienced accident attorney by your side to help you successfully negotiate and to protect your rights.
Dos And Don’ts Right After Your Accident
It’s important to stay calm and levelheaded right after your crash. These are what you should do and what you should avoid:
- Get professional medical care. Even when your injury looks negligible, a doctor can properly examine you and may be able to detect greater injuries that could cause bigger problems in the future.
- File a police report. Call the police as soon as you can and file an accident report. This vital piece of documentation can support your claim later on. Don’t wait too long, as any delay could be taken against your case.
- Don’t admit fault. You may be feeling confused after your accident and may even be thinking that you were to blame. Don’t say a word regarding what happened; don’t even apologize. Your words could be taken as an admission of fault, reducing your chances of compensation. Just let your attorney speak for you.
- Don’t accept the first offer. The insurance company will likely speak with you and offer you a certain amount of money very soon after the accident. But remember that insurers are known to use tactics that benefit them, not you — a low first offer could be one of these tactics. Many accident victims make the mistake of settling right away, not realizing that they deserve so much more. To avoid this mistake, always have your attorney’s guidance regarding insurance.
- Call a lawyer immediately. There are many ways your case could be compromised, starting from the moment right after the accident. Having a lawyer right from the get-go ensures that you have legal guidance and protection from parties that could take advantage of you.
Many aspects of a personal injury case are time-sensitive, so it is best to act promptly and without delay. If you have any doubts or questions, don’t hesitate to consult a lawyer. We at the Grossman Law Firm provide you with free consultation and evaluate your car crash injury case.
Car Accident Types
Did you get injured in any of these accident types or something similar? It can get difficult to get to the bottom of accidents like these, but a skilled lawyer backed by a resourceful legal team can make sense of it for you.
- Rear-end collisions. This type of crash happens when a vehicle behind you hits the back end of your car. Although very common, such a collision can lead to significant injuries.
- Head-on collisions. When the front ends of two vehicles collide, the resulting injuries can be particularly serious and even fatal.
- Side-impact collisions (T-bone or broadside). This is the accident type that occurs when the side of your car is hit by another vehicle. Because the sides of cars provide less shielding for occupants, this type of crash is especially dangerous.
- Rollover accidents. These highly fatal crashes are typical among SUVs and other taller cars, as they have more tendency to tip onto their side or their roof.
- Single-car accidents. If your car is the only vehicle involved – for example, if you crashed into a fire hydrant or a wall – you may be thinking it was your fault. But that’s not always the case. Talk to lawyer right away to determine where the liability lies.
- Multi-vehicle wrecks (pileups). When three or more vehicles are involved, determining fault can be very complex, and more than one party may be responsible. It takes a competent law firm to investigate this accident and identify the liable parties.
The Grossman Law Firm takes on even the toughest accidents. Our legal team is proficient in researching, gathering evidence, building strategies, and negotiating to get you justly compensated regardless of what type of car crash injured you.
Car Accident Causes
Unfortunately, no matter how safely you drive, there is always the possibility that someone else could cause an accident that involves you. The key for your accident case is finding out the factors that caused it and establishing that someone was negligent enough to let it happen. Thus, your lawyer should have in-depth knowledge of vehicle accident causes, as well as skills in establishing the other party’s negligence.
Here are some of the most common causes of vehicle crashes:
- Were you hit by a vehicle that was going too fast? Excessive speed often leads to more serious injuries.
- Distracted driving. Many drivers today are distracted by their mobile phones or other devices while on the road.
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence. This could involve intoxication by alcohol or by drugs.
- Unsafe roads. Lack of road maintenance, defective road design, lack of traffic signs, and the presence of road hazards are some factors that make a motorway particularly unsafe.
- Defective vehicle parts. Malfunctioning brakes and defective airbags are common examples of these.
- Poorly maintained vehicle. A vehicle that isn’t well-tuned can cause larger problems on the road – for example, by suddenly breaking down in the middle of the street, resulting to a collision.
While it is commonly a driver who is at fault, other parties such as vehicle manufacturers and even public agencies may be responsible, too. We at the Grossman Law Firm can help you pinpoint where the fault lies and identify the best course of action to move forward.
Serious Injuries From A Car Accident
No matter how common car crashes are, the consequences cannot be taken lightly. Many car accident injuries are serious and even life-threatening. It is best not to ignore your injuries, even if they seem very minor. Some vehicle injuries don’t even manifest until weeks after the accident, so don’t dismiss a seemingly simple bruise or any slight ache.
Serious car crash injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Neck and spine injury
- Chest injury
- Fractures or broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Joint injury
These injuries often involve costly medical bills, pain and suffering, emotional distress, and lost wages. Many auto accident victims also require long-term care and ongoing therapy. In other words, accident injuries can have a huge – and sometimes permanent – impact on your life.
Your first priority after a car crash should be to seek professional medical attention to make sure that all your injuries are detected and treated. Don’t avoid getting a doctor’s appointment just because of the potential medical bills – your lawyer from the Grossman Law Firm will aggressively fight for you to get compensated for the costs of your injuries.
New Jersey Car Accident Facts And Figures
Auto accidents occur by the millions across the country each year, and hundreds of thousands of these happen in New Jersey. These accidents are often injurious and many are fatal.
According to the latest report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 96 percent of all the vehicles involved in US traffic accidents in 2014 were passenger vehicles. That’s 10,165,000 cars, SUVs, pickup trucks, and vans. In the same year, 21,022 people died from passenger vehicle crashes, while 2.07 million were injured. Passenger car occupants made up 57 percent of the fatalities and 62 percent of the injured victims.
New Jersey has over 37,000 miles of public roads. The NJ Department of Transportation reports that in 2014, a total of 290,212 traffic accidents occurred statewide. Of these, 521 were fatal crashes and 59,408 were injury crashes. The counties of Bergen, Middlesex, and Essex were the three counties with the most number of traffic accidents that year.
These statistics are frightening despite state-of-the-art airbags, recent laws enacted to require the wearing of seatbelts, and the use of hands-free cell phones.
Accidents happen, and when they do, the potential for devastation is great. No matter how common car crashes are, each incident is largely personal, creating a huge financial and emotional burden for the individuals involved.
When such a misfortune has happened to you, you don’t want your case to be treated as just another statistic. Your case needs personal attention and commitment. This is exactly the kind of legal service we provide at the Grossman Law Firm, making us the firm that numerous clients trust.
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How NJ Accident Laws Can Work For You
New Jersey has several laws that apply when you get injured in an accident. Having a basic awareness of these laws is a good first step in pursuing your case.
- Auto insurance law. Every vehicle operating in New Jersey is required to have auto insurance. But even if your insurance policy, as well as the other driver’s, can cover your accident costs, getting the money won’t be easy. You’ll have to gather evidence for your claim and negotiate with the insurance provider. You may also have to win in a trial.
- No-fault rule. When it comes to car accident insurance, NJ is a no-fault state. This means that regardless of who was at fault in the accident, your own insurer will be the one to pay you. This is why your auto insurance policy includes a personal injury protection (PIP) coverage. However, this rule may not apply if your injuries are considered serious.
- Shared fault rule. Legally called the modified Comparative Negligence law, this rule states that the amount of compensation you may receive will be reduced according to how much fault you contributed to the accident. Further, if you had more than 50 percent of the fault, you won’t be able to collect anything at all from the other parties. Insurance adjusters often cite this rule during settlement talks, so make sure you have a knowledgeable attorney to protect you.
- Car accident reporting. In an accident where someone was hurt or a vehicle was badly damaged, you are legally obligated to report the incident to the police. File an accident report as soon as you can. This report will also serve as a valuable evidence once you make an accident claim.
- Statute of limitations. This is a law that sets a deadline for those who are pursuing a case. If you wish to sue someone for your injuries, you have two years from the date of injury to file a personal injury lawsuit. After two years, the NJ court system will likely refuse to hear your case. There is also a deadline for filing a written claim, so the sooner you take action, the better.
The best way to make these laws work for you is by consulting an injury attorney right after your accident. An experienced lawyer from the Grossman Law Firm can protect your rights, stand up to insurance companies, and build you an effective and robust case. It is important to call us immediately, as any delay can hurt your claim.
Why Choose The Grossman Law Firm?
- Winning experience. Let our winning background work for you. Our lawyers have over 60 years of combined experience dealing with auto injury cases in New Jersey. We have successfully represented clients in both central and northern New Jersey who have suffered physical and emotional pain because of the negligence of others.
- No fee unless you win. This is our guarantee: You won’t have to pay us any fee unless we win your case. You get high-quality legal representation without having to take out money from your pocket.
- Full commitment to your case. As a Grossman Law Firm injury client, you will receive professional, compassionate, and aggressive representation. We pride ourselves in our responsiveness to our clients and make sure that every client is treated as an individual and never treated as another file.
- Fearless representation. Don’t worry about facing large insurance companies. Our skilled lawyers are backed by the support of an expert legal team who knows how to take on the state’s most powerful insurance carriers.
We care about your situation and understand the stress you may be going through. Thus, your consultation with us is completely free of charge. Tell us about your case.
What The Grossman Law Firm Can Do For You
- Skilled representation in insurance negotiations. When facing an auto insurance company, you don’t have to go it alone. In fact, it’s best to have a lawyer to represent you – one who knows how insurers work and who will vehemently pursue compensation against the at-fault party and their insurance carrier. We can provide this for you.
- Professional representation in arbitration. When the insurance company refuses to pay the costs of the medical treatment that you need, we don’t just give up on the case. We will represent you in arbitration proceedings before the National Arbitration Forum against the auto insurance company responsible for paying your medical bills. We provide these services at no cost to you.
- Competent representation in court. If you decide to take your case to court and file a lawsuit, our firm can proficiently handle your case and fight for a verdict that favors you.
Throughout your case, the Grossman Law Firm commits to providing you with consistent communication, plain-language answers, and compassionate understanding of your situation.
- You won’t have to be anxious about how your case is moving along – we’ll regularly update you.
- If you have concerns and questions, you can ask us directly. We’ll respond with clear answers without the confusing legal jargon.
- If your condition is severe and you can’t travel, we will travel to you or arrange for transportation if needed.
- We’re prepared to help you with your other needs pertaining to the case, whether it’s translation services for your appointment or a doctor for your treatment.
- Don’t worry about lawyer fees. We represent our clients on a contingency basis, so you’ll only have to pay us based on a percentage of the recovery from your settlement or verdict of the case. Your consultations with us are also free.
Top-quality legal service focused on your specific case – that’s what you get when you entrust your case to the Grossman Law Firm. It’s the kind of service that has won many car accident cases throughout New Jersey, helping numerous individuals recover from their injuries and get back on track with their lives.
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If you or a loved one has been a victim of an auto accident anywhere in New Jersey and have suffered car injuries or even the death of a family member, please contact The Grossman Law Firm today. Consultations are always free and confidential.