Car Accident FAQ with a New Jersey Car Accident Attorney
After sustaining an injury in a car accident, it can be difficult to think about pursuing legal action. With the many physical, emotional, and financial concerns victims and their loved ones face, it can be downright daunting. At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our personal injury and car accident attorneys understand what victims are going through, which is why we make it a priority to alleviate all their concerns.
Aside from handling all aspects of your legal matter, we strive to provide you with the information you need to better understand and protect your rights. After reading the below FAQ, we encourage you to contact us as soon as possible after an accident to speak personally with a car accident attorney from our team.
What are my rights if another driver caused my accident and injury?
Under personal injury law, you have the right to pursue legal action against the party responsible for causing your accident and injury. This action will take the form of a lawsuit, which essentially states that because another’s negligence or wrongful act more likely than not caused you harm, you wish to recover compensation for your damages.
How much is my car accident claim worth?
This is a common question we hear, but not a very easy one to answer. All cases are unique, and the value of your claim will depend on the facts and circumstances involved. Generally, we help our clients pursue the maximum compensation possible for all damages resulting from their accident.
Should I settle with the insurance company?
In a word: NO. Insurance companies are in business to collect money, not pay out claimants. As a result, they work vigorously to pay victims as little as possible. Often, they will attempt to contact an injured victim and try to settle for very little as quickly as they can. By having legal representation, your lawyer will handle all communications with the insurance company on your behalf and work toward securing the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Do I really need a lawyer for a car accident claim?
There is no law requiring you to have a lawyer when filing a personal injury claim after a car accident. However, what you get from working with experienced car accident attorneys can make all the difference in the outcome of your case. Why risk being unfairly compensated and not having recourse to fix it? When you hire a personal injury lawyer from our team, you pay nothing upfront. We work on contingent fees that are only collected if we win your case. If we don’t win, you don’t pay.
How is a car accident settlement reached?
A car accident settlement is reached when the defendant agrees to pay an amount to the plaintiff in order to drop the case. Typically, this is case for most personal injury cases – usually a settlement will be reached before a lawsuit is even filed. There are several factors that are considered when determining a settlement amount, including the severity of the injury, pain and suffering, and medical costs.
How long do I have to file a claim after a car accident?
The statute of limitations for personal injury claims in New Jersey is two years from the date of the incident. The statute of limitations for children, however, are extended to the two years within the child’s 18th birthday. If you fail to file a claim within that time frame, you could be giving up your chance to have your case heard.
How long does it take to settle a car accident claim?
There are numerous factors that will play into the determination of how long your car accident claim will take to resolve. The severity of your injuries, the availability of evidence, how many parties may be liable and your own patience and perseverance will determine how long it takes to resolve a claim. While the legal process may feel long and never-ending, perseverance is one of the key ways to maximize your compensation.
Have more questions? Call a car accident attorney from Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law for a FREE consultation. We will listen to your story and can advise you on options and next steps. Client care, compassion and empathy are part of our commitment to securing fair and just compensation for your injuries.