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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 >

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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 >
    Criminal Ramifications of Automobile Accidents
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        When you get into an automobile accident, there can be legal ramifications which can lead to both civil and criminal liability. Liability is one of the most important legal terms, as it refers to ownership of one’s actions or failure to act in the face of their legal responsibilities. Criminal liability typically refers to charges made from the state directly against the driver, such as a drunk driver who is issued a DUI and then has to face that charge through the court system. Civil liability can have several different meanings, but it usually refers to a civil action taken between one party against another, such as making a claim for injuries.
"Negligent" and "Non-Negligent" Drivers
If you are operating an automobile, your legal responsibility is to obey all traffic laws, maintain a safe stopping distance from the car in front of you, and not be under the influence of any drugs or alcohol which would inhibit your ability to drive. It sounds simple enough, if there’s a red light, you have a legal responsibility to stop at it. Fail to fulfill your obligations, and you will be found a “negligent” driver. 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.
Don't EVER Leave the Scene of an Accident
After any car accident that occurs, both drivers are subsequently required by New Jersey state law to stop and exchange auto-insurance information. If you hit someone’s car, you must stop and give your information to the other driver and the police, should they arrive. The primary reason this is required is so that the insurance companies can determine fault. If either driver should fail to stop and exchange information, they can then be found guilty of a “hit and run”.
What You Can Expect of the Police
It is possible that a police officer who arrived at the scene could issue a ticket and charge a grossly negligent driver with a criminal offence, such as assault with a deadly weapon. But, from my experience as an attorney helping people through countless car accidents, that is rarely done for even the most egregious cases. For a police officer who’s mainly inclined to get traffic moving again and get back to their shift, they do not usually stop long enough to assess the scene to then make a charge against one of the drivers. If you were hit by a driver who ran a red light or blew a stop sign, don’t be surprised if they failed to receive a ticket for their actions. This is why nearly all cases are handled mainly on a civil level, where the negligent driver is sued by the injured the person or their insurance company.
The Differences Between Civil and Criminal Law
New Jersey’s system for injury compensation is built around tort law, which attempts to rectify a “civil wrong” that caused losses or suffering to another individual. Although a criminal act can fall within tort law, personal injury torts usually are focused on the harm done due to the negligence of a person, corporation or any other entity through civil law. It is possible for someone to be pursued with “criminal negligence” in a criminal trial and general “negligence” through a tort lawsuit, but these are done through separate courts. A good example would be the famous OJ Simpson trial, in which he was acquitted for a criminal act but found guilty civilly as being responsible for his wife’s “wrongful death” in a tort lawsuit. Tort lawsuits are handled outside the criminal system, and thus do not have the same ramifications that a criminal suit would.

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Personal Injury Attorney Maple Shade New Jersey10 Things You Should Know Before Filing an Injury Claim
Being hurt can be a frustrating experience. But, it’s good to remember that there is an outlet built into the legal system for people like you. All potential clients should be aware of the following information before they go to file their claim. Read on>
Length of a Personal Injury SettlementHow Long Will it Take to Settle my Personal Injury Claim?
The length of time it takes for an injured person to settle their claim can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. But, there is a point at which all cases should wait until reaching a settlement. Read on>
Length of a Personal Injury SettlementContingency Fees For Personal Injury Lawyers Explained
There are several different ways in which attorneys bill their clients, but New Jersey law stipulates that personal injury lawyers may handle cases on a contingency fee basis. An attorney can assist an injured victim, regardless of their economic circumstances. Read on>
Length of a Personal Injury SettlementTop 5 Arguments Defense Lawyers Use in Injury Cases
Defense lawyers for injury cases have certain arguments they commonly use against plaintiffs. Before you file your case, it’s important to know what they will most likely say to avoid having their clients be found liable for your injury. Read on>
Length of a Personal Injury SettlementWho Will Pay For my Medical Treatment During My Case?
You will likely still be receiving treatment while your case is ongoing. Prior to having the other party found as being “at-fault” for your injuries, hospitals and doctors nonetheless are going to want to get paid. How exactly do you get your treatment paid for? Read on>
Length of a Personal Injury SettlementA Guide to New Jersey Personal Injury Protection Benefits
New Jersey is a no fault state. That means that if you are involved in an automobile accident, your own automobile insurance company will pay for your medical bills. Personal Injury Protection Benefits allow victims to make a claim for injuries. Read on>

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