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What to do After a Car Accident

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2016 | Auto Accidents, Personal Injury |

How to protect your rights and obtain the compensation you deserve for your injuries

Automobile accidents are an unfortunately common experience for thousands of people. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were more than 265,000 vehicle crashes in 2014 alone. It is important to understand your rights and get the help you need after an accident. The moments immediately following a car accident are often incredibly stressful and confusing. Depending on the nature and type of your injuries, you may require immediate medical assistance that requires surgery and lengthy hospital stays. In other cases, your injuries and symptoms may present gradually and require long-term treatment and therapy.

Regardless of the nature of your injury, it is important to seek appropriate medical attention to restore your quality of life to what it was prior to your accident. If your injuries are caused by the fault of another, you may be entitled to recover monetary damages for

  • Present and future lost wages
  • Medical expenses for both inpatient and outpatient treatment
  • Pain and suffering

After a car accident, it is important to seek legal advice and guidance as soon as possible. There are strict Statutes of Limitation in place that dictate how long you have to file a claim. In New Jersey, the statute of limitation for personal injury claims is generally two years from the date of the accident or the date you became aware of the injury. However, there are even tighter deadlines depending upon the circumstances of your accident. If your accident involves any employee or entity of the State of New Jersey, you must file a Notice of Tort Claims within 90 days from the date of occurrence.

Typically, after a car crash, both your insurance company and the company representing the at-fault party attempt to make fast settlements to prevent any further recovery. It is vital that you understand your options and discuss your legal rights with an experienced accident attorney before signing any agreements. If you agree to a settlement before exploring your options, you may be unable to pursue full compensation for your injuries.

Depending on the specific circumstances related to your car accident, there are several different legal theories that may be applicable. We routinely help clients bring personal injury accident claims based on negligence, products liability and wrongful death. If you have questions about your options, contact the skilled New Jersey accident attorneys at Lomurro Law at 732-482-9285 or by email for a free consultation.