With so many motor vehicles on the road, automobile accidents are a frequent occurrence. Cars are large, fast-moving instrumentalities that can cause severe damage to person and property. If you are hit by a motor vehicle while driving or as a pedestrian, you should fist seek medical attention for any injuries. If you can, take pictures of the accident scene and your injuries on your smart phone’s camera. This will help your case later on. Submit all hospital and medical bills to your own insurance company and notify them of the accident as soon as possible as you may qualify for personal injury protection (PIP) insurance coverage for your injuries.
Next, consult with an experienced auto accident lawyer as you may be able to seek compensation for damages caused by the negligent party or parties in a personal injury lawsuit. Compensable damages can include pain and suffering, lost wages, emotional distress and other economic and non-economic damages caused by the accident. While the statute of limitations for automobile accident cases in New Jersey typically mandates that a lawsuit be filed within 2 years of the accident or occurrence, memories can fade and evidence can get lost or discarded after an accident. Thus, after you have treated for your injuries, it is in your interests to consult a personal injury attorney regarding your rights.
Personal injury lawyers typically handle these cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning that the client pays no attorney fee until the case is settled or there is a judgment in the client’s favor. This type of fee arrangement lets the injured person preserve their resources during a time when they need them the most, yet still retain formidable counsel to represent them in their case.
The Reinartz Law Firm is a New Jersey personal injury firm that concentrates its practice on automobile injury cases. If you have been injured in an automobile accident that was caused by the negligence of another person, we welcome you to contact us. Consultations are strictly confidential and free.