Hurt in a New Jersey Crash?
Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers Explain Liability and Legal Options
Every day, thousands of people are involved in vehicle accidents across the country, making crashes a leading cause of personal injuries and wrongful death nationwide. In New Jersey alone, more than 550 people die each year in fatal motorcycle, car and truck accidents. Most of these crashes result from negligence of some kind, meaning that most accidents are preventable. As a result, victims can usually seek compensation for medical bills, property damage and other costs through an insurance claim and/or personal injury lawsuit. Depending on the type of motor vehicles involved in the crash, a driver, commercial company or even vehicle manufacturer may be liable for the damages.
Most often, the at-fault party’s insurance company should pay for the damages that result from a crash. However, the reality is that it is often extremely difficult to get a fair insurance settlement without legal counsel. The New Jersey motor vehicle accident lawyers at Keefe Law Firm can assist you in filing your claim and can also represent you in a personal injury lawsuit to ensure you get the compensation you deserve. We have a record of successful verdicts and settlements in motor vehicle accident claims. For example, our attorneys obtained a settlement of $1.2 million for the family of a wrongful death car crash victim.
What are the Most Common Types of Vehicle Accidents?
Crashes can potentially involve any vehicle on the road, as well as bicyclists and pedestrians who may be nearby. At Keefe Law Firm, our motor vehicle accident lawyers have experience investigating a wide range of different types of crashes in New Jersey. These include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Train accidents
- Airplane accidents
- Boat accidents
We also have experience with cases involving drunk drivers and texting while driving. No matter what kind of crash caused your personal injuries or your loved one’s wrongful death, our attorneys have the experience and resources necessary to fully investigate, negotiate and litigate your case.
Who is Responsible for Motor Vehicle Collisions in New Jersey?
After a motor vehicle accident, the person at fault for the crash is usually liable for the damages. Depending on the circumstances of the wreck as well as the actual vehicles involved, the liable party may be the:
- Driver. Many pedestrian, motorcycle and car accidents result from driver negligence. As a result, the driver and his or her insurance provider will usually be liable for the personal injuries and other damages that result.
- Trucking company. Like car crashes, most big rig truck accidents result from driver error. However, commercial trucking companies are usually responsible for any accidents caused by their employees.
- Vehicle manufacturer. If design or manufacturing defects in the vehicle itself lead to a crash, the manufacturing company may be liable for the damages.
- Government agency. In some cases, poor road conditions such as potholes and other defects may cause or contribute to an accident. If so, the city or agency responsible for roadway upkeep may have to compensate victims.
In many cases, more than one factor may contribute to a motorcycle, truck or car crash. As a result, you may be able to collect compensation from multiple parties.
However, New Jersey’s modified comparative fault rule may affect the amount of compensation you can recover in any motor vehicle accident. Under this rule, an insurance company and/or the court assigns each person a percentage of fault in an accident according to how much he or she contributed to the wreck. Then, the compensation you receive is reduced by the percentage you were at fault. Additionally, if you are more than 50 percent at fault for the crash, you cannot collect compensation at all.
Questions about Your Rights After a Collision? Call Our Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one was hurt in a motor vehicle accident, having an attorney on your side will not only help ensure you get the most compensation possible, but it will also relieve the stress of fighting an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit alone. At Keefe Law Firm, our New Jersey motor vehicle accident lawyers offer free initial consultations. We will answer all your questions and advise you of your legal options, free of charge.
We have offices throughout New Jersey, including in Red Bank, New Brunswick, Point Pleasant and Newark, but accept cases nationwide. Contact us online or call our law firm today to schedule your free case review.