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Car Accident Lawyer in New Jersey

Car accidents do not just happen by accident. Car wrecks and collisions are caused by other drivers’ carelessness and negligence. In New Jersey and all other states, careless drivers causing accidents and injuries are held accountable to pay you money for your losses including, property damage, injuries, lost income, and your long-term pain and suffering.  That money is usually paid by their insurance company and should be large enough compensation to pay you the full value of your injuries.

Insurance companies have made the laws complicated for an injured person to prove and win a personal injury settlement.  For that reason, you are smart to research the right car accident lawyer to hire to handle your injury claim.  At Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, the lawyer you hire will have the knowledge, skill, expertise, and support of more than 25 injury attorneys to go up against any of America’s largest insurance companies to prove and win your case to get you the money you deserve.

With nearly four decades of experience, the partners and associates of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC have won over $1 billion in combined settlements and verdicts. The firm’s partners are all certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorneys and not just names on billboards.  They are experts in all types of motor vehicle cases including car, truck, bus, and motorcycle accidents. They accept your case on a percentage and do not get paid unless they win your case.

The first step is to get your questions answered for free and confidentially by a New Jersey car accident lawyer without any obligation on your part.  That conversation will help you make your decision as to who to hire and your next step in the process.  Delaying that decision never helps a case, it usually causes harm. Call Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, PC now for the legal advice you need.

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Why Should You Hire a Lawyer After a Car Accident in New Jersey?

While you may be able to handle a New Jersey car accident injury claim on your own in some very simple personal injury cases, working with a lawyer will usually be in your best interest. This is especially true if your crash resulted in serious personal injury or the loss of a loved one.

Insurance companies know what is at stake in auto accidents. They will aggressively protect their profits. Your lawyer, on the other hand, will protect you and seek the maximum amount for you. As a study by the Insurance Research Council found, car accident victims with legal representation typically collect insurance payouts that are, on average, 3.5 times higher than the payouts that people without a lawyer collect.

Throughout your case, an experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will provide many valuable services to you such as:

Conduct a thorough investigation of your car crash.

You should never rely on the police report or an insurance company’s findings. Your car accident attorney can conduct an independent investigation that gets the facts straight. The investigation can include collecting evidence from the scene, interviewing witnesses and consulting experts in accident reconstruction.

Assessing your physical, emotional and financial harm.

Your auto accident lawyer will review your medical records, consult with medical and life care-planning experts and take many other steps to determine the full extent of your damages.

Reviewing your New Jersey accident case with you.

You deserve a frank discussion about the options available to you and the potential value of your case. You also should know what steps will be involved in pursuing your options as well as how long your case may take to resolve. Your lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will make communication with you a top priority.

Filing all necessary accident reports and paperwork.

A car accident requires you to file and serve numerous documents with insurance companies, courts and other lawyers. Your attorney will make sure to properly and timely file all paperwork involved in your case.

Preparing your accident case for settlement.

At Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., we prepare cases for success at trial. This approach allows our lawyers to resolve many car accident claims through settlements.

Taking your case to trial.

Insurance companies often challenge liability or the amount of damages that a car accident victim seeks in a claim. If this occurs in your case, we will be ready to fight in court for the compensation that you and your family deserve.

In addition to these services, a New Jersey car accident attorney from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can assist you if you encounter problems with your motor vehicle repair or replacement or with your medical treatment. You can also expect to receive regular updates about your case and prompt responses to your questions.

Our accident attorneys represent personal injury victims and their families in New Jersey on a contingency fee basis. So, you will pay no legal fees unless we obtain a verdict or settlement for you.

What Type of New Jersey
Auto Accident Insurance Policy Do You Have?

Your rights after an auto accident in New Jersey will depend on your auto insurance policy. Your car accident attorney from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. in New Jersey, can review your policy with you and explain your rights.

Generally, an auto insurance policy in New Jersey will include one or more of the following five types of coverage for motor vehicle accidents:

Personal injury protection (PIP)

This covers your medical expenses that arise from an automobile accident. You can also buy PIP that covers other motor vehicle accident-related expenses such as lost income and the cost of hiring someone to help care for your home and your family. You can also choose coverage that provides death benefits and funeral expenses.

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Liability

This covers the bodily injury and property damage that others suffer in an auto accident that you cause.

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Uninsured motorist (UM)

This covers the losses that you sustain when a driver who lacks legally required auto insurance causes your accident.

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Underinsured motorist (UIM)

This covers the difference between what the at-fault driver’s liability policy covers and your total damages (up to your UIM policy limits).

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Collision & comprehensive

Collision covers damage to your vehicle in an accident, regardless of who is at fault, while comprehensive covers non-collision damage such as that caused by theft or vandalism.

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When you buy auto insurance in New Jersey, you can choose between two types of policies:

With this policy, you can choose between $15,000 and $250,000 in PIP coverage. Even if you choose a lower limit, you may still get up to $250,000 in PIP coverage for serious injuries such as permanent or significant brain injury, spinal cord injury or disfigurement. Additionally, a Standard policy can include:

  • Bodily injury liability – As low as $15,000 per person/$30,000 per accident and as high as $250,000 per person/$500,000 per accident.
  • Property damage liability – As low as $5,000 and as high as $100,000 or more per accident.
  • UM/UIM – You can purchase UM/UIM up to the amounts you select in liability coverage.
  • Collision/comprehensive – You would have the option to purchase these forms of coverage.
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With this policy, you can receive $15,000 in PIP coverage or, as with a Standard policy, up to $250,000 for certain injuries. Additionally, this policy provides $5,000 per accident in property damage liability coverage and gives you the option to buy $10,000 in bodily injury liability coverage. UM/UIM coverage is not available. Some insurers offer collision and comprehensive coverage as an option.View Next

Regardless of what type of policy you choose, you can sue a driver who caused your accident for economic damages such as medical expenses and lost wages. However, your ability to sue for non-economic damages such as pain and suffering will depend on what policy and/or “right to sue” option you choose.

If you choose a Basic policy, you will have a Limited Right to Sue for non-economic damages. In other words, you cannot sue the driver unless you suffer one of the following serious injuries:

  • Loss of a body part
  • Significant scarring or disfigurement
  • Displaced fracture

If you choose a Standard policy, you can choose a Limited Right to Sue or Unlimited Right to Sue. If you choose the No Limitation on Lawsuit option, you can sue the other driver for economic damages regardless of what type of injury you suffer.

Are you ready to discuss your case? Contact us now to set up a free consultation.

How Do You Pursue Compensation After a New Jersey Car Accident?

When you get into a car accident in New Jersey, your first option is to file a PIP claim. You can receive these benefits regardless of whether you or someone else caused the crash. This is why people often refer to PIP benefits as “no-fault benefits.” Your New Jersey auto accident lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can help you to file this claim. Your attorney can also deal with your insurance company if you run into any obstacles with your claim.

If another driver caused an accident that harmed you or a loved one, you can sue the driver for economic damages. Depending on which auto insurance policy and “right to sue” option you have chosen, you can also sue the other driver for non-economic damages. In some situations, you may need to turn to your own UM/UIM coverage to cover the full amount of your damages.

Your ability to recover compensation in a personal injury or wrongful death claim will depend on whether you establish that the other driver was at fault. Some of the common causes of auto accidents are:

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  • Driver inattention
  • Driving at unsafe speed (given traffic and weather conditions)
  • Making a turn or lane change without checking mirrors or blind spots
  • Tailgating (or following too closely, which is a frequent cause of rear-end collisions)
  • Failing to yield the right of way
  • Failing to obey traffic signals

As our law firm investigates your case, we may discover that the underlying cause of an accident harmed you or a loved one was drunk driving, distracted driving or driving while overly fatigued. Additionally, we may discover that you can hold another party liable for your auto accident such as the driver’s employer or a business or social host who served alcohol to the driver. Our goal will always be to identify all parties responsible for the harm you have suffered and to determine all sources of compensation available to you.

Your own fault could be a factor in the amount of damages that you recover in a car accident lawsuit in New Jersey. Under the state’s modified comparative fault scheme, you can be barred from any recovery if you are more than 50 percent at fault for your crash. If you are less than 50 percent at fault, you can recover damages. However, your damages would be reduced according to the percentage of fault assigned to you.

New Jersey car accident lawyers Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., will vigorously protect your rights. We will aggressively fight any attempt by an insurance company to blame you for an accident and reduce the amount you recover.

Types of New Jersey Accidents We Handle

The NJ auto accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. have handled thousands of different traffic collision injury cases. Only one thing remains the same, no matter the type of case, the insurance companies are going to look out for their profits and not your recovery. Let us help you fight the insurance companies and get the compensation you need to recover from your auto accident injuries.

Car Accidents FAQs

Car Accidents

What’s the best way to respond to insurance companies that call me after an automobile accident caused by another driver?

Understanding New Jersey Automobile Insurance / Car Insurance People injured in New Jersey automobile collisions and highway accidents caused by the carelessness of others have strong legal rights. But it is crucial to avoid saying anything or doing something that undermines your own case. A person injured in an automobile accident has many critical decisions to make in the days after an automobile crash. It’s important not to make those decisions without experienced counsel. Under the terms of your insurance policy, you are required to give a statement to your own automobile insurance company. But some accident victims make the mistake of speaking to an insurance claims adjustor representing the at-fault driver who caused the accident. You may believe it is okay to talk since you weren’t at fault in the traffic collision. Unfortunately, some people unknowingly hurt their own claims by giving the other driver’s insurance company information they’ll use to deny or minimize their claim.

If you have been in an automobile accident, it’s important to consult an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who is skilled at handling automobile accidents and negotiating with insurance companies. Insurance companies will have experienced accident lawyers representing their interests. You should too. Hiring an experienced NJ auto accident lawyer to stand up for your interests is one of the most important decisions you can make after a serious automobile accident.

For more than 30 years, the skilled car accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have focused their legal talents on assisting people seriously injured through the carelessness of others. Our law firm, serving all of New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout the New York metropolitan area for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our personal injury attorneys provide. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 30,000 accident victims in cases involving automobile, motorcycle, trucking, pedestrian, construction site and other kinds of personal injury accidents.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

How Long After a Car Accident Can You File a Claim for Injury in NJ?

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, NJ law gives you two years from the date of the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. However, there are cases where this deadline may be shorter or longer. For example, you only have 90 days to file a Notice of Claim if a public entity – such as a city, county, state, police, fire department, sanitation board, or education worker – is at fault.

For the timeline to file an insurance claim, contact your insurance company as soon as possible. The rules of your specific policy will determine how fast you need to act.

How Long Does It Take to Settle a Car Accident Case?

The timeline for every car accident case will differ depending on the specific circumstances. However, most personal injury claims in New Jersey can take anywhere from six months to two years to settle. Some cases may take more or less time based on factors such as:

  • The severity of your injuries
  • The number of at-fault parties
  • Disagreement on the cause of the accident
  • Whether your case goes to trial
  • The insurance companies involved

An experienced car accident attorney can review your case and give you an idea of how long your claim may take to settle.

How To Get a Police Report for a Car Accident in New Jersey

You must file an accident report with the police within 10 days of an accident if it causes injury, death, or more than $500 in property damage. If you don’t file a police report in time, you can be fined up to $100. Your license may also be suspended or revoked.

After the police report has been completed and approved, you can request a copy in person, online, or by mail.

Can You File a Car Accident Claim Without a Police Report in NJ?

Some minor insurance claims may be filed without a police report. However, NJ law requires you to file an accident report with the police for all incidents with personal injury, death, or property damage over $500. Police reports can be crucial to defending your claim.

Should I Get an Attorney After a New Jersey Car Accident?

Contacting an attorney is the smart decision whenever you are involved in a car accident, whether the crash was a fender bender or resulted in significant injury. Insurance companies will scrutinize everything you say and do to find a reason to deny you coverage. Additionally, you may not realize the complete value of your claim. A skilled personal injury attorney has the experience to be sure all your losses are taken into account.

After an accident, your focus should be on healing from your injuries and getting back to your routine. Hiring the right attorney takes the weight off your shoulders. Your attorney can:

  • Help you understand your police report, including the relevant auto insurance codes that indicate which insurance companies you’ll be in communication with
  • Communicate with your insurance company, the other driver’s insurer, and anyone else requesting information about the claim
  • Gather evidence and talk to witnesses
  • Represent you in settlement negotiations
  • Fight for maximum compensation in court

What Are New Jersey’s Auto Insurance Requirements?

All drivers must have proof of auto insurance to operate a vehicle. Your minimum coverage will depend on whether you have a Basic or Standard policy.

The minimum required insurance in New Jersey for a Standard policy includes:

  • Liability insurance – This coverage pays for others’ damages if you are responsible for the accident. The minimum requirements for bodily injury coverage are $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. It also requires $25,000 in property damage coverage per accident.
  • Personal injury protection – Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage pays medical expenses for you and others covered under your policy regardless of fault. You must have a minimum of $15,000 per person or accident.
  • Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage – If you are involved in an accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, this coverage will apply. Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage is available up to the same amounts as liability coverage.

For a Basic policy in New Jersey, you must have a minimum of:

  • Liability insurance – The minimum liability coverage on a Basic policy only pays for others’ property damages. This coverage is a minimum of $5,000 per person or accident.
  • Personal injury protection – Basic policies also must have a minimum of $15,000 per person or accident in PIP coverage.

Should the police be called to investigate an automobile accident?

In New Jersey, you are required to file a police report if the property damage is $500 or more. If the accident occurred on an interstate in New Jersey, the New Jersey State Police will investigate the accident. If the crash occurs on a county road, the county police or local township police will most likely respond. Don’t let an at-fault driver convince you not to call the police or involve insurance companies. The at-fault driver may be upset about the prospect of rising insurance rates or traffic citations. But your primary concern should be to protect your interests after an automobile accident. Summon the police to the scene and wait for them to arrive. Exchange names, addresses and insurance information with the other drivers while you’re waiting. Copy the information yourself directly from their license and take a photo if your phone has a camera. Avoid small talk and do not discuss your injuries with the at-fault driver. Do not minimize your injuries or tell anecdotes about your own driving mishaps to make the at-fault driver feel better. Such well-intentioned small talk can come back to haunt you. Again, your concern after an accident is to protect your own interests and legal rights. Be sure to write down the name of the police officer, their badge number and the law enforcement agency they represent.

The law firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., based in Teaneck, New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our NJ personal injury lawyers provide. The focus of our practice is representing people who were injured in accidents through the negligence of others. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 20,000 accident victims in cases involving medical malpractice, defective drugs, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other kinds of personal injury accidents. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements, verdicts and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

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Should a motorist try to find eyewitnesses after a New Jersey highway accident?

Yes, find a safe spot well off the roadway and look around for eyewitnesses who saw the collision. Write down their names, addresses, contact numbers and their auto license plate numbers too if you can. Don’t depend on the police to track down eyewitnesses to your accident. Police are primarily interested in securing the accident scene, assisting injured motorists and restoring normal traffic flow. The police report may contain inaccuracies.

If you have a camera phone, don’t be embarrassed to take photos of the damage to your car and the other vehicles. Take a photo of the auto license plates of potential eyewitnesses in case you copy down this information incorrectly. Property damage and injury photos may provide helpful evidence to strengthen your accident claim after an accident. Also take photographs area surveillance cameras that may have captured footage of your collision.

For more than 30 years, the skilled car accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have focused their legal talents on assisting people seriously injured through the carelessness of others. Our experienced New Jersey and New York automobile accident lawyers understand how crashes occur and how to help people recover. Our law firm, based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our personal injury attorneys provide.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

The police accident report about my car wreck contains factual errors. Should they be corrected?

This happens frequently. Whether in Newark, Hoboken, Jersey City, or another community, police write an initial report based on a brief investigation of an accident. The report may contain inaccuracies or false assumptions. If a police report contains errors or you disagree with the officer’s conclusions, you should promptly file an amendment to the police report with the investigating police department. An experienced auto accident lawyer can advise you on drafting an amendment. Once the accident report is finalized, police in New Jersey may be reluctant to change the report. You may have to speak to the police captain to file a statement to be added to the report.

The law firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our NJ car accident lawyers provide. The focus of our practice is representing people who were injured in accidents through the negligence of others. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 20,000 accident victims in cases involving medical malpractice, defective drugs, automobile accidents, truck accidents and bus accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other kinds of personal injury accidents. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements, verdicts and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

My automobile was wrecked beyond repair and the at-fault driver’s insurance company is refusing to reimburse me for what I believe the car is worth. My own insurance company is of little help. Should I file a small claims suit?

No. Filing a small claims lawsuit is one of the biggest mistakes you can make after a New Jersey car accident. Why? In New Jersey, there is a legal rule called the “Entire Controversy Doctrine” that permits you to file only one lawsuit per event. By filing a lawsuit in small claims court, you may unknowingly give up your right to file a lawsuit for personal injuries or financial losses that would provide a much large recovery.

You would be well advised to consult with an experienced New Jersey car accident attorney to protect your legal rights.

For more than 30 years, the skilled attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have focused their legal talents on assisting people seriously injured through the carelessness of others. Our experienced automobile accident lawyers understand how crashes occur and how to help people recover. Our law firm, based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our personal injury attorneys provide.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

Can the testimony or municipal court conviction of the at-fault motorist be used in a personal injury lawsuit?

This is a common question. A municipal traffic court’s function is to determine whether state laws were broken and whether the at-fault driver is guilty as charged. The judge must decide whether the driver is guilty “beyond a reasonable doubt.” That is a different legal standard than is applied in civil lawsuits such as personal injury claims. Therefore, in New Jersey the outcome of a municipal court case is usually not applicable or admissible as evidence of fault in a personal injury lawsuit.

If you are called as a witness in a municipal court proceeding, it’s important to consult with an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney promptly. Any inconsistencies between your testimony in municipal court and statements in the personal injury lawsuit may be used against you later to try to deny your claim. Protect your legal interests and talk to an experienced lawyer if you are called to testify.

The law firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., based in Teaneck, New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our NJ personal injury lawyers provide. The focus of our practice is representing people who were injured in accidents through the negligence of others. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 20,000 accident victims in cases involving medical malpractice, defective drugs, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other kinds of personal injury accidents. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements, verdicts and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

Does the at-fault driver’s insurance cover the injured motorists in New Jersey?

New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state. That means your automobile insurance company pays your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages, no matter who was at fault in the accident. Your permanent losses such as your pain and suffering and financial losses would be a claim filed against the at-fault driver and the at-fault driver’s insurance company.

After an automobile accident involving injuries, you must apply for something called “personal injury protection” (PIP) medical and economic benefits through your insurance company. If you don’t own a car and live with a relative who has a car, your relative’s auto insurance carrier will be responsible for your medical bills. Your relative’s insurance rates should not go up as a result of your (PIP) claim, but we recognize it may sometimes be hard to explain that to your relative. Still, it is necessary to report the accident to that insurance carrier and apply for PIP benefits. PIP benefits are affected by several factors including whether the accident involved a bus, truck, taxi, motorcycle or limousine.

For more than 30 years, the skilled car accident attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have focused their legal talents on assisting people seriously injured through the carelessness of others. Our experienced New Jersey automobile accident lawyers understand how crashes occur and how to help people recover. Our law firm, based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our personal injury attorneys provide.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

Do previous driving accidents or insurance settlements affect your chances of collecting compensation in a car accident lawsuit?

Generally not. In fact, the law in New Jersey specifically allows for compensation for a pre-existing injury or medical condition which may have been aggravated by the accident. As a matter of fact, this is exactly the explanation of the law that is read to a jury by the judge before they begin their deliberations.

You can be sure, though, that insurance company investigators will delve into your driving record and look at any insurance claims you have made. The insurance industry keeps records of all your past claims. They’ll try to use this information to discount your claim, if possible. Inform your lawyers of any past accidents and any past claims. Your attorney needs to be aware of this information to negotiate effectively on your behalf. Also inform your lawyer of any past bankruptcies or contemplated bankruptcies, unpaid child support, divorces and past criminal convictions. Your conversations with your attorney are confidential.

A previous insurance settlement or car accident that was your fault in no way prevents you from bringing a successful personal injury claim for an automobile accident caused by another driver. But your attorney needs to have this information at hand and be prepared to respond to it if an insurance company brings it up as part of auto accident settlement negotiations.

The law firm of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our NJ personal injury lawyers provide. The focus of our practice is representing people who were injured in accidents through the negligence of others. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 30,000 accident victims in cases involving medical malpractice, bus, train and boating accidents, automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and other kinds of personal injury accidents. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements, verdicts and workers’ compensation claims on behalf of our clients.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

Is there a time limit for a filing a lawsuit for injuries from an auto accident in New Jersey?

Yes, the time limit to file most personal injury claims in New Jersey is two (2) years. However, if the injured person was under the age of 18 when the injury occurred, they may have until age 20 to bring a claim. This is known as the statute of limitations. That’s why it is important to promptly consult an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who has handled many auto accident claims. A car accident lawyer can start working on your behalf immediately, helping you to avoid common mistakes and gathering evidence that might not be available if you delay too long.

Warning, if your accident involved the State of New Jersey, or a county or municipality, the Board of Education or any other state agency, authorities or state employees then you must comply with the New Jersey Tort Claim Act which requires a special notice to be filed within 90 days of the accident. There are a few very limited exceptions. However, if you do not file this notice with the approved government entity within 90 days, your claim may be barred, and if filed in court it may be dismissed. Please note that there is a one year statute of limitations with the New Jersey Port Authority.

Under certain circumstances other time limits apply. A pedestrian struck by a car or a motorcycle has six months to file a claim with the Property-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (PLIGA) who would likely by responsible to pay the pedestrian’s medical bills. Furthermore, if the at-fault driver was an employee of any governmental entity such as the state, county, city or even boards, such as the Board of Education, there is a separate time limit of 90 days from the accident date to give them special “Tort Claims Notice” on their special form. Failure to do so could be fatal to your accident case.

Our experienced New Jersey automobile accident lawyers understand how crashes occur. We are skilled at analyzing automobile and truck accidents to identify driver negligence. We know how to present a compelling case to an insurance company or jury. We have obtained millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. The focus of our practice is representing people who were injured in accidents through the negligence of others.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

Do most New Jersey automobile accident lawsuits go to trial?

Most automobile accident cases are settled before trial. But it’s important to prepare a case thoroughly as if it’s going to trial. The reason is that insurance companies will only pay fair and full compensation if they are convinced that an accident victim is ready to go to trial. If an insurance company is short-sighted and unwilling to offer sufficient compensation, our experienced automobile accident trial lawyers have full confidence in New Jersey juries to deliver just verdicts.

For more than 30 years, the skilled attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have focused their legal talents on assisting people seriously injured by the carelessness of others. Our law firm, based in New Jersey, is highly regarded throughout New Jersey for the quality of the counsel and legal representation that our car accident attorneys provide. We are justifiably proud of our record of success in representing more than 30,000 accident victims in cases involving automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, trucking accidents, pedestrian accidents and other kinds of personal injury accidents.

Call our auto accident lawyers today at (800) LAW-2000 or use our online form to receive a free initial consultation. Translators for all languages are available.

Home and Hospital Consultations Available—No Fee if No Recovery.

What Steps Should You Take After a New Jersey Car Accident?

We hope the above information has helped you to understand your legal rights and options after you get into a car accident in New Jersey. You should speak with an auto accident attorney from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., as soon as possible in order to discuss the specific facts in your case.

As you prepare for your free consultation with an accident injury lawyer from our firm, please consider taking the following steps:

01 | Get medical treatment.

A doctor should examine you, diagnose any injuries you have suffered and start you on a course of treatment. The doctor’s diagnosis will play a critical role in your claim.

02 | Notify insurance company.

You should report your accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. You only need to give basic facts. However, you should never accept a settlement from your insurer or any other party’s insurance company until you speak with your car accident lawyer first.

03 | Get copy of police report.

The crash report will provide many important details about your accident and help your personal injury lawyer to conduct an investigation. You can contact the local law enforcement agency that prepared the report. You can also go online to order a copy of the report:

  • Go the New Jersey State Police website for a non-toll road crash
  • Go to www.BuyCrash.com for a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike or Garden State Parkway
  • Go to the Atlantic City Expressway Authority website for a crash on that stretch of road.

04 | Keep all records and other evidence.

Gather and store copies of any medical bills, vehicle repair bills and receipts of other accident-related expenses. Also, hold on to any photos from the accident scene or photos of your injuries. Keep any contact information of eyewitnesses.

05 | Write it down.

Take a moment and write down everything you can recall about the accident. Writing out the details of the accident while they are fresh in your mind will help to jog your memory down the road.

06 | Avoid social media.

You should not discuss your crash or your legal case on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. You may also want to consider taking a break altogether from social media until your case is resolved. An insurance company may try to use any comments or photos you post on social media against you.

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To learn more about your legal rights and options after an automobile accident, we encourage you to read the extensive car accident resources content on our law firm’s website as well as our book, The Consumer’s Guide to New Jersey Personal Injury Claims. The soft cover version of the book is free to all New Jersey residents who call our office for a copy. You can also download a copy for a minimal fee on Amazon.com.

Call Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., at 1-800-LAW-2000 or reach our law firm online today. Our law firm can provide a timely, free consultation about your accident case. You will pay no attorney fees unless our motor vehicle accident attorneys secure a financial recovery for you.