Car Accident Claims in Central New Jersey

Car accidents can be fatal or cause catastrophic personal injuries. According to the CDC, approximately 3 million people are injured each year in the United States from a car accident. Sadly, each year in New Jersey there are approximately 600 traffic fatalities and roughly 70 deaths each year in just Middlesex County alone, more than 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, well above our fair share.

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You May Have Rights to Damages Under New Jersey Law

Victims who have been injured in a car accident may be entitled to something called “damages.” In NJ, damages for car accidents are often compensatory, meaning the victim is typically awarded a sum of money depending on their injury, lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses incurred. Victims and their families may receive compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Future pain and suffering
  • Past pain and suffering
  • Medical bills, past, present and future
  • Burial and funeral expenses if the victim is deceased
  • Lost wages due to lost time at work
  • Coverage for assistive devices and medical equipment, as needed
  • Lost future wages if the victim will be unable to permanently perform their job
  • Home or vehicle modifications if required
  • Coverage for therapies or rehabilitative services
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages for truly egregious cases, and
  • Loss of consortium, if relations with spouse or interactions with family members are affected
  • Other damages related to your motor vehicle crash that our car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ could recover for you.

Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Personal Injury Automotive Crash

Any time a person chooses to get in a car, they are at risk for injury. Automobile accidents can cause significant injuries for those affected. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were 6,217 crashes in Middlesex county alone in the last year of published records. Injuries sustained in car accidents can range from minor inconvenience to debilitatingly catastrophic. All people who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation.

Examples of some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents include the following:

  • Amputations or loss of a limb
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Organ damage (i..e heart, lung, liver or kidney damage)
  • Brain damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Loss of vision
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve injuries
  • Emotional suffering
  • Need for major surgeries, depending on the injuries sustained
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death
  • Other injury causally related to a motor vehicle crash in New Jersey

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Fatalities in Automobile Accidents

There are numerous serious injuries in car accidents in New Jersey every year.  Of these, roughly 600 are killed each year due to automobile accidents in New Jersey. No amount of compensation can bring back a loved one.

While the loss of life is catastrophic for the person whose life was cut short, it is also life-changing and devastating for the family. There can be significant and debilitating financial repercussions for an entire family. Fortunately, family members of victims who were killed in an automobile accident are able to sue for damages on behalf of the victim. Families may sue the motorist who was negligent, a municipality, or vehicle owner.

There are certain damages that a family may be entitled to on behalf of the victim. These include the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium with their spouse, children, or other family members
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages that may affect a family’s income due to the loss of the victim’s income
  • Pain and suffering of the victim prior to passing away
  • Damage to property
  • Emotional suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Other damages that may be appropriate.

Causes of Car Accidents in New Jersey

There are many reasons why accidents occur. Central New Jersey is a densely populated area with many highways, like Route 95, Route 78, Garden State Parkaway, as well as and busy local roads, like Route 1. Accidents may not be entirely the fault of the driver. They can result in whole or in part from weather or road conditions, or the actions of other drivers, but a driver who failed to recognize these conditions and act reasonably to reduce the risk of an accident still may be liable. Some of the most common causes of auto accidents include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Improper left turn
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign
  • Failing to yield to the person who has the right-of-way
  • Failing to use a blinker
  • Driving too aggressively
  • Following too closely
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Failing to stop at a red light
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Other common causes.

These are just a few of the many causes of car accidents that occur every day. If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers are ready to help you obtain the damages to which you are entitled.

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Proving Negligence in a Motor Vehicle Crash Case

In order to receive compensation in a motor vehicle crash case, it must be proven that the other driver or entity (i.e. municipality or company) acted negligently. Negligence is a legal principle that has changed over time to reflect current sentiments through the “common law” system. This standard is used in every state across the United States, but is interpreted differently in each state.

Generally, a person is considered to be negligent if the accident is considered to have been avoidable but for the reckless, careless, or otherwise unreasonable actions of another. In other words, if the person exercised the degree of care that any other safe driver would have used in similar circumstances and the accident could have been avoided, a driver who did not do that may be considered negligent.

Our lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC will review your case to determine if negligence played a part in the motor vehicle crash causing bodily injury to you or your loved one. By law, we will need to show the following:

1) You were owed a duty of care
2) That duty of care was breached
3) The breach of duty proximately caused/was a substantial factor in causing
4) Damages (injuries or death) to you or your loved ones.

In order to have a successful case and be awarded compensation, all four of these elements need to be established. But a defendant only needs to be successful in disproving only one of these elements. This is why it is essential for you to work with an experienced car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ like ours at Silverberg Law Firm LLC.

Duties of a Driver to Others on the Road

State law requires all drivers to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the operation and use of their vehicle. This law applies to all motorists, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, truck drivers, municipal drivers, and anyone operating a motor vehicle. The standard is flexible and changes with the circumstances.

For instance, if there is a blizzard and the speed limit is 55mph, a motorist is expected to travel at a much lower speed given the conditions in order to keep other drivers on the road safe. This means that a motorist could be driving unreasonably even if the speed is “legal” under the traffic law and signage.

Duties to other drivers on the road include the following:

  • Not consuming alcohol or drugs before operating a vehicle
  • Remaining alert while operating a vehicle
  • Exercising vigilance while driving to exercise care and caution
  • Ensuring proper vehicle maintenance is performed
  • Following all New Jersey laws
  • Maintaining control of the vehicle
  • Any other duties that are required to safely operate a vehicle

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Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, we represent clients in New Jersey and New York harmed in a serious or fatal motor vehicle wreck. If you or your family member have suffered serious bodily injury or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to the negligence of another, please call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000.

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