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Each year nearly 2 million Americans are injured in automobile accidents. Not every car accident involving death, injury or property damage results in a claim or lawsuit. Not every accident should result in a claim. How do you know when to retain an attorney and make a claim and when not to make one? Read More >

New Jersey Auto Accident Insurance Claims
New Jersey is one of only two states in the nation to use the Personal Injury Protection system, or PIP, which guides the handling of auto-accident-claims in the state. Read More >

Car Accident Lawyer
Modern 3D animation techniques are becoming more and more essential to the process of car accident reconstruction for the unprecedented level of detail they enable juries to see. An attorney can choose the precise angle to recreate the scene and demonstrate effectively how and why it occurred the way that it did. Read More >

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If you've been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, it's important that you speak with an automobile accident attorney who has experience in dealing with insurance companies. Statistics show that retaining a skilled car accident lawyer is proven to greatly enhance one's chance of successfully making a claim. Read More >

New Jersey Auto Accident Insurance Claims
If a family member were to be unfortunately injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to make what is called a “Loss of Consortium” claim. Read More >

New Jersey Auto Accident Insurance Claims
Bad weather such as snow or rain can make conditions more hazardous to drivers. Black ice alone causes more than 250,000 crashes per year. Black ice occurs when the Air temperature is colder than the ground and there is precipitation present. It is invisible and causes unsuspecting drivers to lose control. Read More >
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        Motor vehicle accidents cause the loss of time, property, health and even life. Such accidents occur because of elements including driver error, negligence, manufacturing defects and dangerous weather. No matter what the specific cause or result, a crash can turn a normal day into a prolonged struggle. Speaking with a lawyer can help you sort out your rights, your options and your future.
Helping Residents of Maple Shade Stay Informed
The last thing on anyone’s mind when driving a car is what happens next if you should suddenly get in an accident. Within the span of a second, your life could be turned upside down thanks to a missed stop sign, faulty lane change or a texting driver. An injury from an auto accident can have burdensome consequences, making it difficult to work or take care of your family. But, every single automobile is driven by human beings who are prone to mistakes. As long as there are people driving cars, accidents will continue to happen.
But, dealing with the results of injuries from auto accidents can be both confusing and overwhelming thanks to the litany of rules and regulations which attempt to define exactly who is responsible for what and why. Within an instant, one’s life can be greatly disrupted with a devastating injury. Finding out what to do next isn’t something most people are familiar with. That’s why, we’ve made some information available about these issues in an attempt to clear up certain aspects of dealing with automobile injuries.
The Definition of a "Bad Day"
There are nearly 11 million car accidents annually in the United States, each one a potential forebearer of suffering and hardship. Getting into an auto accident can be a life-changing event, with injuries causing damage to one’s ability to live a normal life. Besides the obvious cuts, bruises and broken bones, accidents have a devastating effect on the spinal column. Herniated discs and whiplash can be common as a result of a hard impact, with soft-tissue and pinched nerve injuries resulting in further complications.
PIP Auto Accident Injury Attorney New Jersey
The Personal Injury protection system funnels medical costs through automobile insurance, depending on the coverage purchased by the negligent driver. After getting into an automobile accident, unlike in other states, auto-insurance pays for the victim’s medical care out of PIP. Because of this, many auto-insurance companies in New Jersey make it more difficult to successfully pursue a claim due to the amount of control they exhibit over the process. Obtaining experienced legal representation is essential to getting the care needed and making sure you don’t get pushed around by auto-insurance companies attempting to deny your claim for medical procedures and doctor visits.
The Number One Cause of Auto Accidents
About once every ten seconds, going by the National Highway Institute’s statistics, somebody somewhere is involved in yet another automobile accident. The number one, most common cause of car accidents, though, are from what the State of New Jersey specifically defines as “negligent” drivers. But, how does one figure out what constitutes “negligent” driving? Well, as long as a person operated their automobile reasonably, following all relevant traffic laws, the law considers them to be acting in a “non-negligent” manner. When the driver of a car fails to stop or yield or should they be under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they are considered to be the “negligent” party. If their negligent actions are determined to have directly resulted in the injury of another person, state law defines them as the “actual” cause of events and thus responsible for those injuries. Even in seemingly clear cut instances of rear-end-collisions, determining liability and fault can still be a contentious task for even the most experienced law firm thanks to strict protocols regarding proof of causation.
Further Reading
That is why, when you are seeking to make an auto claim, it is important that you are well informed about the process which the State of New Jersey has laid out for all parties involved. We have made available certain resources which can hopefully begin to answer some of your questions about the current status in dealing with injuries from an automobile accident, which we recommend you take a look at here today:
What to do After being in a Car Accident
After a Car Accident, Why can it take a few days for injuries to set in?
How are New Jersey’s Auto-Claim Laws Different from Other States?
When Should I Consider a Claim for Auto Injuries?
I hit Another Driver and I Admit I am at Fault, What Should I do?
The Delicate Nature of Spinal Cord Injuries
The Emotional Toll of Being in a Car Accident
A Family Member of Mine Has Been Injured in an Auto Accident
Potential Criminal Ramifications of Car Accidents

But, it is important to speak with an attorney so that you can explore all of your options. Depending on the coverage available and the nature of each parties’ insurance, that will determine how we then proceed.
New Jersey's Auto Claim Laws
New Jersey passed AICRA (Automobile Insurance Comprehensive Reform Act) in 1998, which has been guiding Personal Injury litigation in the state ever since. AICRA sets out to define the process of compensating those who have been injured due to another’s negligence, specifically in the case of automobile accidents.
When someone gets hurt, they can make a claim for compensation based on certain pre- defined criteria as laid out in the act. These include medical expenses, or as defined by the law, “reasonable and necessary expenses for treatment or services as provided by the policy, including medical, surgical, rehabilitative and diagnostic services and hospital expenses.”
New Jersey Personal Injury Protection (PIP) Policies
But, these claims are limited based on the insurance policies purchased by the drivers involved. When people in New Jersey purchase auto-insurance, they are able to choose the amount of PIP (Personal Injury Protection) coverage they want. The most “basic” PIP option limits coverage to $15,000 per person per accident. This coverage is severely limiting and can be used up by one visit to the Emergency Room when multiple tests are done. The law provides that the maximum coverage that can be purchased is $250,000.00 for medical bills. While this may not be enough to cover all expenses form an accident, it is strongly recommended that you purchase the maximum medical coverage.
Another pitfall in dealing with what type of coverage to purchase is the amount of the deductible. The standard policy provides for a deductible of $250.00 and a co-pay of 20% up to the first $5000.00 in bills. Yes, that means that you can be completely innocent in an accident and if your bills go over $5000.00, you must pay a $250.00 deductible and $1950, on the next $4750 in bills. What some insurance companies push, especially the online companies, is a higher deductible. You can buy a $2500 or even a $5000 deductible. Imagine limiting your coverage to $15, 00 and then buying a $5000 deductible! If you were in an accident and were seriously injured, you would have no coverage beyond $15,000 and be forced to pay the first $5000 of the bills as well.
How an Attorney Can Help
Personal injury lawyers can help ensure that their clients receive the maximum amount of damages recoverable by law. Some of the items for which injured parties are legally entitled to compensation include past and future lost wages; past and future medical expenses; damages for both physical and emotional pain and suffering, again both past and present; and damages for disfigurement.
Sometimes, a close family member of the injured person, such as his or her spouse, may also be entitled to damages, often referred to "loss of consortium damages," which are intended to compensate the loved one for the loss of the injured party's services and companionship.
Cell Phones a Growing Concern
A significant problem across the country today is the encroaching use of cell phones in nearly all situations, including texting and talking when operating an automobile. Starting in the late 1990’s, mobile phones have become ubiquitous to the point where most people have some sort of device on them at any given time. And now, with smartphones, it’s not just talking and texting that can be distracting, with e-mail, the internet and Angry Birds all just a tap away. For safety reasons, if an emergency were to arise a mobile phone can be a very valuable tool. But, countless studies have proven that talking on the cell phone while driving distracts attention away from the road as much as consuming too much alcohol. New Jersey is one of just ten states so far to have implemented a complete and full ban on all cell phone usage without a hands free device while driving a car. The law was put into place for good reason, because according to most recent statistics, in 2010 there were 3,351 car accidents in New Jersey where one driver was using a cell phone at the time, including over 1,500 with hands free devices.
If you were in an accident where you believe the other driver was talking on the phone or texting, an attorney can file a motion to secure their billing records and find out whether they were using their device at the time. The records don’t lie in showing exactly who someone was talking with and when.
Contact an Attorney
John Morelli has been fighting for his clients since 1981, working within the system to ensure that they receive the best possible representation available. If you or a loved one have been involved in an auto accident in Maple Shade and are looking to speak to an attorney, call 856-616-1300. Via I-295, our office is located about 15 minutes away from Maple Shade via Warwick Road. Dealing with injuries as a result of a car accident can be a difficult process. Even if you just have a question or concern, call today to see if an attorney is right for you.

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