Car Accident Lawyer in Middlesex, NJ

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Our Car Accident Lawyer in Middlesex, NJ Shares Important Information to Protect Your Rights

Most people know that car accidents can be fatal or cause catastrophic personal injuries. In fact, they are a common cause of wrongful death and serious injury in the United States. While most people do not think about the potential injuries they may face when they choose to get in a car, unfortunately many people are harmed every year. According to the CDC, approximately 3 million people are injured each year in the United States from a car accident. Sadly, each year in New Jersey there are approximately 600 traffic fatalities and roughly 70 deaths each year in just Middlesex County alone. Our car accident lawyer in Middlesex, NJ knows that this is more than 11% of all motor vehicle fatalities in New Jersey, well above our fair share.

This is why Silverberg Law Firm LLC has represented victims and their families who have been injured in a serious or fatal motor vehicle accident in Middlesex, NJ.

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You May Have Rights to Damages Under New Jersey Law

Victims who have been injured in a car accident may be entitled to something called “damages.” In NJ, damages for car accidents are often compensatory, meaning the victim is typically awarded a sum of money depending on their injury, lost wages, medical bills, and other expenses incurred. Victims and their families may receive compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Future pain and suffering
  • Past pain and suffering
  • Medical bills, past, present and future
  • Burial and funeral expenses if the victim is deceased
  • Lost wages due to lost time at work
  • Coverage for assistive devices and medical equipment, as needed
  • Lost future wages if the victim will be unable to permanently perform their job
  • Home or vehicle modifications if required
  • Coverage for therapies or rehabilitative services
  • Property damage
  • Punitive damages for truly egregious cases, and
  • Loss of consortium, if relations with spouse or interactions with family members are affected
  • Other damages related to your motor vehicle crash that our car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ could recover for you.

Injuries Commonly Sustained in a Personal Injury Automotive Crash

Any time a person chooses to get in a car, they are at risk for injury. Automobile accidents can cause significant injuries for those affected. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were 6,217 crashes in Middlesex county alone in the last year of published records. Injuries sustained in car accidents can range from minor inconvenience to debilitatingly catastrophic. All people who are injured in car accidents may be entitled to compensation.

Examples of some of the most common injuries sustained in car accidents include the following:

  • Amputations or loss of a limb
  • Broken bones or fractured bones
  • Back injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Organ damage (i..e heart, lung, liver or kidney damage)
  • Brain damage
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Loss of vision
  • Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
  • Scarring or disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Nerve injuries
  • Emotional suffering
  • Need for major surgeries, depending on the injuries sustained
  • Internal bleeding
  • Wrongful death
  • Other injury causally related to a motor vehicle crash in New Jersey

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Fatalities in Automobile Accidents

There are roughly 600 fatalities due to automobile accidents in New Jersey each year. While many or all of the injuries listed above are considered to be catastrophic and life changing, the most severe and serious personal injury is wrongful death. Sadly, death is irreversible and no amount of compensation can bring back a loved one.

While the loss of life is catastrophic enough for the person whose life was cut short, it is life-changing and devastating for the family. There can be significant and debilitating financial repercussions for an entire family. Family members of victims who were killed in an automobile accident are able to sue for damages on behalf of the victim. Families may sue the motorist who was negligent, a municipality, or vehicle owner.

There are certain damages that a family may be entitled to on behalf of the victim. These include the following:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Burial expenses
  • Loss of consortium with their spouse, children, or other family members
  • Medical bills
  • Lost wages that may affect a family’s income due to the loss of the victim’s income
  • Pain and suffering of the victim prior to passing away
  • Damage to property
  • Emotional suffering
  • Punitive damages
  • Other damages that may be appropriate in the setting of the particular accident that our car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ could recover for you.

Causes of Car Accidents in New Jersey

There are many reasons why accidents occur on the roads of Middlesex County and throughout New Jersey. Sometimes, they may not be entirely the fault of the driver but more so due to weather conditions or other factors. However, even weather conditions and other factors must be properly measured and could still bring liability against a driver who failed to recognize these conditions and act reasonably to reduce the risk of an accident.

But generally, the vast majority of car accidents are due to careless, reckless and negligent drivers. Most car accidents are considered to be avoidable with the proper duty of care. While there are many causes for auto crashes in New Jersey, some of the most common causes that our car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ could handle for you include the following:

  • Distracted driving
  • Speeding
  • Improper left turn
  • Failing to stop at a stop sign
  • Failing to yield to the person who has the right-of-way
  • Failing to use a blinker
  • Driving too aggressively
  • Following too closely
  • Inexperienced drivers
  • Failing to stop at a red light
  • Drunk or drugged driving
  • Other common causes.

These are just a few of the many causes of car accidents that occur every day. If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a car accident, our experienced car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ at Silverberg Law Firm LLC is ready and prepared to help you obtain car accident compensation.

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Proving Negligence in a Motor Vehicle Crash Case

In order to receive compensation in a motor vehicle crash case, it must be proven that the other driver or entity (i.e. municipality or company) acted negligently. Negligence is a legal principle that has changed over time to reflect current sentiments through the “common law” system. This standard is used in every state across the United States, but is interpreted differently in each state.

Generally, a person is considered to be negligent if the accident is considered to have been avoidable but for the reckless, careless, or otherwise unreasonable actions of another. In other words, if the person exercised the degree of care that any other safe driver would have used in similar circumstances and the accident could have been avoided, a driver who did not do that may be considered negligent.

Our lawyer at Silverberg Law Firm LLC will review your case to determine if negligence played a part in the motor vehicle crash causing bodily injury to you or your loved one. By law, we will need to show the following:

1) You were owed a duty of care
2) That duty of care was breached
3) The breach of duty proximately caused/was a substantial factor in causing
4) Damages (injuries or death) to you or your loved ones.

In order to have a successful case and be awarded compensation, all four of these elements need to be established. But a defendant only needs to be successful in disproving only one of these elements. This is why it is essential for you to work with an experienced car accident lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ like ours at Silverberg Law Firm LLC.

Duties of a Driver to Others on the Road

State law requires all drivers to exercise reasonable care under the circumstances in the operation and use of their vehicle. This law applies to all motorists, including motorcyclists, bicyclists, truck drivers, municipal drivers, and anyone operating a motor vehicle. The standard is flexible and changes with the circumstances.

For instance, if there is a blizzard and the speed limit is 55mph, a motorist is expected to travel at a much lower speed given the conditions in order to keep other drivers on the road safe. This means that a motorist could be driving unreasonably even if the speed is “legal” under the traffic law and signage.

Duties to other drivers on the road include the following:

  • Not consuming alcohol or drugs before operating a vehicle
  • Remaining alert while operating a vehicle
  • Exercising vigilance while driving to exercise care and caution
  • Ensuring proper vehicle maintenance is performed
  • Following all New Jersey laws
  • Maintaining control of the vehicle
  • Any other duties that are required to safely operate a vehicle

Duties of a Driver to Others on the Road

All people operating a motor vehicle must follow New Jersey’s vehicle and traffic laws. These laws are utilized to keep all people safe on the roadways. When a traffic and vehicle law is broken, it can cause serious personal injury including wrongful death. The violation of that law could be used to help prove your case under the doctrine of “negligence per se.” This doctrine allows the violation of a law to be used to prove liability.

In order to use the doctrine of negligence per se in this manner, an individual must establish the following:

  • The defendant (driver, municipality or company) violated a statute that was meant to protect people from harm
  • The victim was the type of person sought to be protected by the statute (class of persons); and
  • The victim’s injuries were the type of injuries that the statute meant to prevent (class of harms).

All three of these elements must be met to have a successful case. If the attorney can establish that the defendant was negligent, there is a much better chance of success in gaining compensation for injuries sustained.

Call our Car Accident Lawyer in Middlesex County, NJ

Here at Silverberg Law Firm LLC, we represent clients in New Jersey and New York harmed in a serious or fatal motor vehicle wreck. If you or your family member have suffered serious bodily injury or if a loved one was wrongfully killed due to the negligence of another, please call us today for a FREE consultation by dialing (732) 992-3000.

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