Motor Vehicle Accidents
Wilentz personal injury lawyers advocate for motor vehicle accident victims to improve chances of recovering full awards for our clients without any out of pocket fees. We have decades experience representing motor vehicle accident victims and navigating the legal system in New Jersey. When you have been injured in a car accident, you want an attorney you can trust; we handle car accident cases every day, and know what we are doing and the best tactics for pursuing your claim.
We Work on a Contingency Fee Basis
Working with our law firm is the right choice after you have been injured in a car accident because, unlike many other areas in New Jersey, we never charge you an upfront fee. Rather, we most often work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we are only paid a fee when we recover money for you. Upon successful resolution of case, any fees that we collect are based on a percentage of your recovery, so you can remain confident that you will be able to afford our legal services. We want our legal services to be affordable and accessible to all victims of car accidents. However, a contingent fee arrangement is not required to work with us and if you prefer to retain us on an hourly basis, we are happy to accommodate.
We Prioritize Your Case and Implement a Personalized Approach
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation statistics tracking injury crashes, there were 273,473 automobile accidents that were reported in New Jersey in 2016. These car accidents leave victims with serious injuries, significant medical and property damage bills, and sometimes even result in death. Too often our clients are not only physically injured, but are also frustrated, afraid and overwhelmed by the insurance process, medical bills, and lost wages. We want you to know that we will never generalize your case or forget your concerns when you retain our legal services. We will approach your case with a personalized approach, developing a strategy for your claim that is tailored to your unique circumstances and needs. Over our decades worth of experience pursuing car accident claims, we have come to learn that providing our clients with diligent personal attention matters, and we strive to achieve this.
Guiding You Through Car Accident Law and Avoiding Costly Mistakes
Many people think that they can represent themselves on their own after a car accident. While there is certainly no law that bars anyone from doing so, choosing self-representation over the representation of an experienced legal professional is often risky; when people represent themselves, they are more prone to making costly mistakes throughout the process. Some of the biggest mistakes when pursuing damages after a car accident include:
Waiting too long to file a claim
You must notify your insurance company of your car accident and intention to recover damages as soon as possible. If you do not notify the insurance company within a reasonable amount of time, they will not have the proper amount of time necessary to investigate your accident, and may deny your claim as such. The specific amount of time you have to notify your insurance company is dependent upon your carrier. If you decide to file a lawsuit to recover compensation, you will also need to act promptly to do this, too. In New Jersey you have two years from the date of your accident to file a lawsuit – after that, you forfeit your right to compensation.
Accepting a settlement the first time it is offered
Another error to be aware of is the act of accepting a settlement the first time that it is offered by an insurance representative. Accepting a first settlement offer from an insurance adjuster is usually not in your best interests because the majority of times, first settlement offers are much less than the victim really deserves; the settlement is offered in hopes that the claimant will be desperate enough to accept anything that is proposed. The best thing to do, rather than to accept a first settlement offer, is to review a first offer and then negotiate for a higher amount that more accurately reflects your losses.
Failing to understand the laws surrounding car accidents and how to win a claim
Perhaps the gravest error that a car accident victim can make is that of failing to understand the laws surrounding car accidents and what is necessary to win a claim. Most people do not understand the theories and laws of negligence, comparative fault, damages, duty of care, statute of limitations, etc. on their own, nor do they fully understand the value of hiring experts to testify on their behalf. This can result in a person not receiving the appropriate amount of compensation.
When you work with the law firm of Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A., our experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers will guide you through all aspects of the claims process, competently helping you to maximize compensation.
Determining Fault in a Motor Vehicle Accident – What You Need to Know
If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, you will need to establish fault in order to recover compensation for your losses. If you wish to pursue a claim or lawsuit, it is important that you gather evidence to support your claim of negligence. Negligence is the failure to act with a reasonable degree of care, and may include such acts such as driving after drinking, speeding, or running a red light. Types of evidence that can support negligence claims include physical damage, photographs of the accident scene, witness testimonies, and statements from accident reconstruction experts.
What Types of Damages Are Recoverable in a Motor Vehicle Accident?
New Jersey’s no-fault laws also affect the types of compensation that you are permitted to seek in an accident. If you pursue a lawsuit against the other driver, you have the right to recover compensation for the full extent of your losses. This includes, but is not limited to, damages for:
Pain and suffering
Pain and suffering damages are two types of noneconomic damages that are typically available to those victims who have suffered serious injuries, to the point that the injuries cause serious amounts of physical pain and emotional suffering, including the development of psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder.
Those who are injured in a car accident typically incur high medical expenses, sometimes totaling hundreds of thousands of dollars. Paying for these expenses out of pocket can bankrupt an injury victim, which is one of the reasons that it is so important to work with an experienced attorney who can help you to recover every penny owed to you to pay your medical bills.
In many cases, persons who are injured in car accidents are physically unable to return to work following the accident. Sometimes, this inability to work extends for the duration of the individual’s life due to serious disability. If you are unable to work following your crash, our attorneys will help you to seek damages for the value of your economic losses.
Do I Have a Case? Find Out Today
If you are wondering whether or not you have a case, contact our law offices today. An initial consultation with one of our aggressive New Jersey car accident lawyers is free, and remember – we never charge you any upfront or hidden fees.
You can request your free case consultation by calling our offices directly, or by visiting us online and filling out our contact form.