Failure to Yield
Our New Jersey Accident Lawyers Fight For Full Compensation For Your Injuries
Some motorists drive as if they own the road, and these drivers are responsible for a wildly disproportionate share of traffic accidents. When one of them injures you, you need to fight back. If you’re injured and not feeling well, you might not be up for a fight. Fortunately, the New Jersey auto accident lawyers at Lomurro Law, advocate for injured accident victims.
Can An Acquittal Of A “Failure To Yield” Charge In Traffic Court Hurt My Claim For Damages?
An acquittal will not automatically kill your claim for damages, if for no other reason than the fact that the standards of proof are different – in traffic court the standard is “beyond a reasonable doubt”, while in civil court the standard is “preponderance of the evidence”. Even if you establish failure to yield, however, you will still have to prove that the defendant’s failure to yield is what caused the accident.
Reconstructing The Accident
The physical evidence of the accident can help you reconstruct it and thereby prove that the defendant’s failure to yield is what caused the accident. Relevant physical evidence may include:
- The position of the vehicles after the accident (preferably as evidenced by photos)
- Skid marks
- The type of damage done to the vehicles
- The exact location of the accident (right past a highway entrance ramp, for example)
- If a commercial truck was involved, data retrieved from the truck’s “black box” to help reconstruct the accident.
In high-value cases, it might make sense to retain a professional accident reconstruction specialist to help you.
Types Of Compensation That May Be Available
Under New Jersey personal injury law, three types of damages can be awarded:
- Economic damages: Medical bills, lost wages, etc.
- Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, mental anguish, etc.
- Punitive damages: Awarded to punish the defendant for wanton or malicious intent
Many claimants win both economic and non-economic damages. Few claimants, however, are awarded punitive damages.
Leaders In Personal Injury Law
Any lawyer who has been admitted to the bar association can call themselves a lawyer. Not every New Jersey personal injury law firm, however, can call upon the resources we can:
- Six of our personal injury lawyers have been designated certified civil trial attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Two of our attorneys have been awarded Master of Law in Trial Advocacy.
- One of our attorneys is also a board-certified physician.
- Our staff includes a registered nurse.
At Lomurro Law, we don’t let stingy insurance companies or evasive defendants push our clients around. Contact us today at 732-482-9285 or fill out our online contact form to arrange for a free consultation. Our main office is located in Freehold.