Automobile Accidents in New Jersey

There are many people who drive cars every day. With so many vehicles on busy roads, automobile accidents happen fairly often. This can happen with any type of vehicle for a variety of reasons. The majority of accidents are caused by driving while intoxicated, drowsy driving, texting and driving, speeding, failure to abide traffic signs, and more. The aftermath 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 accidents have the power to change a life forever or end a life. If you or a loved one 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 associate accidents with only cars, there are other types of accidents as well. Some examples of automobile accidents may include:

  • 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 a claim about your accident is within two years from the date it happened. If you fail to do so within that time limit, you will forever be unable to ever present a case against the party at fault.

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 called the “burden of proof.” The burden of proof requires an individual to find any evidence that holds another party responsible for their injury. In order to find someone negligent, the injured must prove that the accident and the injury were a direct result of 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 offer a “no-fault coverage” that is known as Personal Injury Protection. This protection covers any medical expenses and wages that are lost as a result of the accident. This is available for all involved in the accident, no matter who is at fault. In New Jersey, this extends to all vehicles except motorcyclists. Individuals who have “limitation on lawsuit” insurance may only seek compensation for pain and suffering. This may include the following injuries:

  • Death
  • Scarring
  • Fractures
  • Permanent injury
  • Recovering damages
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Disfiguring
  • Dismemberment

Contact our Firm

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 Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. today.

The dedicated and compassionate attorneys at Vigilante Law Firm, P.C. would be happy to provide you with assistance in your case and help you protect your future when so much is on the line. Contact us today to schedule a consultation so we can assess the specific circumstances surrounding your lawsuit.