Serious motor vehicle accidents can occur as a result of inclement weather, busy roadways, poorly maintained roads, or negligent drivers. A serious collision can leave injured victims and their family members struggling to understand what caused the crash and which party is liable for the victims’ medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
A 30-year-old man of Mercer County was airlifted to a hospital in New Brunswick for serious injuries after his 1997 Toyota was struck by a 2014 Chrysler minivan on June 30. Reports say the Toyota was heading south on Herrod Boulevard and the minivan was going westbound on Stults Road when the two vehicles collided around 4:20 p.m. Both went off the roadway and onto the lawn of the Coaster Corporation. Firefighters had to cut the Toyota’s door and roof to free the driver who was trapped for about 30 minutes. Authorities are still investigating the crash.
Under New Jersey law, a driver whose carelessness substantially caused or contributed to the injuries of another person is liable to pay compensation. If the driver of the minivan is found negligent, the injured victim has a civil claim against that driver even if criminal charges are not filed. Any financial restitution awarded to the seriously-injured victim may help cover the costly burden incurred.
Whether or not an injured victim will need to file a personal injury claim greatly depends on their severity. In cases where less serious injuries are involved, insurance companies are quick to compensate victims. With severe or critical injuries, however, claims are often contested due to the high cost of medical care. It’s also difficult for both parties to agree on pain and suffering, future loss of income, and ongoing medical care because the amounts can be huge.
If serious or critical injuries are involved in a crash, it’s best for the victims to obtain the legal representation of a seasoned New Jersey personal injury attorney to protect their rights and best interests immediately after an accident.