New Brunswick Personal Injury Lawyers For Auto And Motorcycle Accidents
A motor vehicle can change your life in an instant. Our personal injury lawyers represent those suffering from accident injuries in Central Jersey. At Hendricks & Hendricks, in New Brunswick, our attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience, which includes handling personal injury claims for victims of auto and motorcycle accidents.
New Jersey Car Accident Laws And Liability
In the state of New Jersey, motorists are required to purchase and carry Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance coverage. PIP coverage will provide insurance coverage for medical bills and expenses if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, no matter who was at fault for the accident. Drivers must also maintain bodily injury and property damage liability coverage, which will cover anyone else who is injured in an accident that was your fault.
Comparative Liability In New Jersey
The state of New Jersey is considered a comparative negligence state when it comes to automobile or motorcycle accidents. This means that you can only recover damages from a motorist who was more than 50% at fault for the accident. In other words, if your own actions and behaviors contributed to the accident, any award or compensation will be reduced by the amount you were at fault for the accident.
What Should You Do After An Auto Or Motorcycle Accident In New Jersey?
After an auto accident, it can be hard to think straight. But there are several steps you can take that can help you focus on getting through the moment and help a potential car accident claim should you need to file one. After a motor vehicle accident, it is a good idea to:
- Seek medical attention: If necessary, call for help at the scene. Sometimes, soft-tissue injuries like whiplash or back injuries don’t always present right away. If they do, seek medical assistance.
- Gather information: Exchange insurance information with other drivers and gathering contact information will help if you need to file a claim with your insurance company. If possible, take photos of the cars and license plates for additional evidence. Do not volunteer any more information than you need to provide, especially if you are unsure about who is at fault for the accident.
- Contact authorities: If law enforcement reports to the scene of the accident, there will be a police report of the accident. An accident report will be important if you need to file a claim with your insurance company.
The laws in the state of New Jersey require that accidents that cause property damage of more than $500, bodily injury or death, must be reported directly to the police. If the police are not called to the scene, you are required by law to file your own report of the accident within 10 days.
Why Should You Hire An Auto Accident Attorney?
The sooner you hire a car accident lawyer, the faster you have someone looking out for you and protecting your rights and interests. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you manage claims with insurance companies so that you can focus on recovering from your accident injuries. An attorney will also look out for your best interests and make sure that any settlement offers with insurance companies are reasonable and in your greatest good.
Schedule A Consultation With An Accident Lawyer
Our car accident and motorcycle accident lawyers are available for initial case consultations and case evaluations. To schedule an appointment with one of our attorneys, call our office at 732-907-8047 or send us an email using our online form. We look forward to talking to you more about your case and telling you more about how we can help you seek damages for your injuries.