New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers Experienced In Handling Car Accident Claims
Been in a rear-end car accident? Perhaps you were at a stop light and the person behind you took their eyes off the road to take a peek at their cellphone or looked down to adjust the dial on the radio, and in doing so hit the back of your car. This is not uncommon. In other rear end accidents, the car in front of you stops unexpectedly while you are driving on the road and – even though you slammed on the brake – you still hit the back of their car. Both accident scenarios can result in injury and damages. The personal injury lawyers at Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland, LLC, skillfully handle rear end car accident claims, protecting the rights of those injured in car accidents. We serve all of Monmouth County, including Asbury Park, Long Branch, Freehold Township and Wall Township.
Is The Driver Who Rear Ended The Car In Front Always At Fault?
Many people assume that the driver who rear ended the car in front is always at fault for the accident. This is not necessarily true. While the driver of the car that rear ends the car in front is considered at least partially responsible for the accident, they are not always the only ones to blame. All drivers have a duty to follow other vehicles at a safe distance so that if the car in front of you slows or stops suddenly, you have enough distance between you to prevent a rear end collision. However, there are several situations in which the driver of the car that was rear ended can be at fault for the accident as well, including:
- Stopping suddenly to make a turn but failing to complete the turn
- Suddenly reversing the vehicle
- Malfunctioning brake lights
- Not pulling over or engaging the hazard lights when the vehicle gets a flat tire
Negligence is at the heart of all personal injury claims. An individual or entity must have behaved negligently and that negligence has to have contributed to the accident. Individual states differ in how accident claims are handled when more than one party is considered to be at fault for the accident. New Jersey follows “modified comparative fault” rules when it is determined that more than one party is responsible for an accident. A jury decides the level of fault for each party and the plaintiff’s damage award is then reduced by a percentage that reflects their share of the blame. For example, if it is decided that you are 20 percent responsible for the accident, then your damage award of $100,000 will be reduced by 20 percent – to $80,000.
Involved In A Rear End Car Accident? Our New Jersey Lawyers Can Help.
If you or a loved one has been involved in rear end car accident, we can help. Experienced car accident attorneys at Lomurro Law have a reputation for excellence and a demonstrated track record of success in recovering just compensation for those injured in accidents due to negligence. Our team is available to meet with you to discuss your rear end car accident claim, answer your questions, and discuss your options. Arrange a confidential consultation by contacting our office at 732-482-9285 or contact us online.