Injuries that result from car crashes can upend your life. You may rack up hospital and rehabilitation bills, and be unable to work to support your family while recuperating. Money is the last thing you should have to worry about, especially if someone else caused the accident because they were negligent.
In many cases, automobile insurance will cover the damage to the vehicle. However, insurers are not working in your best interest. They hope you will take a low offer to end your injury case because you are strapped for cash and do not yet have a personal injury attorney. A Milltown car accident lawyer could intercede and negotiate on your behalf, or take your case to court and seek adequate compensation.
When motorists get behind the wheel, they are expected to drive as a reasonable person in a similar situation would drive. Much of the reasonable driving behavior has been put into law in New Jersey, and reasonable drivers must follow it. If someone is harmed because of a driver’s choice to not follow the rules of the road, that driver may be held responsible for damages. Some typical unreasonable acts include:
Generally, New Jersey allows those injured in auto wrecks a maximum of two years from the accident to file a personal injury lawsuit. This time limit is known as the statute of limitations. There are exceptions, however. If someone was under the age of 18 at the time of their injury, the time limitation does not begin until they turn 18. Additionally, when a person is mentally incapacitated, the court can delay the two-year limit until the person recovers.
Bringing an action against a government employee in the course of the job still must occur within two years of the accident but other filing deadlines apply. The plaintiff must file specific paperwork to the government entity (e.g. State of New Jersey, County, or other public entity) within 90 days of the accident. Since there is not much time to put a lawsuit together, a Milltown car crash attorney could ensure the plaintiff meets the filing deadlines.
Compensatory damages are meant to make up for what the plaintiff has lost, attempting to put them back in the position they were in before the accident. Economic damages reimburse present and future lost wages, present and future medical bills, and property damage, while non-economic damages include pain, suffering, disability, impairment, and enjoyment of life.
Punitive damages are meant to punish a defendant for especially egregious acts. They are rarely awarded, although a knowledgeable lawyer could determine if they are appropriate in certain circumstances.
You can do your best by driving safely, following traffic rules, and being mindful of others sharing the road. Unfortunately, sometimes other drivers are at their worst, driving irresponsibly and causing collisions. Even if you do everything right, you can still end up with astronomical medical bills and an uncertain future if you cannot work.
You need an advocate. Our attorneys are experienced negotiators and litigators, and we are dedicated to getting you the most compensation possible. You should concentrate on getting your life back and a Milltown car accident lawyer will do the rest. Call us to see how we might be able to assist you.