Auto Accident Lawyers Morris County, NJ
Recovering Compensation for Clients Involved in Car Accidents across Parsippany, Roxbury, Troy Hills, Morristown, and Morris County
Every year, millions of Americans are injured in car accidents. In 2015, the National Safety Council estimated that the cost of crashes involving “serious injury” for the first half of the year totaled roughly $152 billion. This estimate includes medical expenses for injuries, lost wages and income, and property damage. Clearly, driving is a dangerous proposition. The worst part is, knowing that through no fault of your own, you can be the victim of a serious, life-changing accident at any time.
With high-speed interstate highways like I-287 and I-80 passing through Morris County, the Law Offices of Smith & Doran P.C. have had extensive experience defending victims of car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, and sadly, wrongful death. In the aftermath of a car accident, Smith & Doran is your first line of defense against insurance companies that will push you to accept a settlement offer immediately – and all too often, prematurely. If you or a loved one has been injured in an auto accident of any kind, contact us online or by phone today at 973-261-6254 to schedule a cost-free consultation.
What to do Following a Car Accident, Parsippany, NJ
Being in any kind of accident is a traumatic experience. Immediately following an accident, it is important that you follow these steps in order to protect your rights. Of course if anyone is injured, calling 911 should be your first priority.
You are required to file a written report of the accident, but this is usually done by the police officer on the scene.
In general, you do not want to make any agreements with insurance companies or other drivers until you have consulted with legal counsel. It is important that you understand your rights, and what kind of compensation, if any, you are entitled to before you unknowingly waive your rights to compensation. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you assess your situation, and advise you how to best proceed.
There are also situations where your injuries may be worse than they initially appear. Soft-tissue injuries, for example, do not show up on X-rays. They are caused when the impact of a car accident causes the muscles, ligaments and tendons in your neck to stretch well beyond their normal range, causing whiplash. At first this injury may create minor discomfort, but eventually it can lead to joint dysfunction, chronic pain and even herniated spinal discs. This is why it is important to seek medial care following an accident.
Understanding New Jersey’s Car Accident Laws
In New Jersey, you have a limited amount of time to bring a lawsuit — two years — so it is important that you contact an attorney as soon as possible if you think you have a personal injury claim and wish to explore your options.
New Jersey is among the few states that have no-fault insurance laws, and that means you have specific rights under these no-fault laws. The law team at Smith & Doran is happy to help you understand the process of filing an accident claim, and ensure that you are able to take advantage of all avenues of compensation including from your own insurance company.
Many issues come into play when filing a lawsuit for a New Jersey car accident. For example,were the injured party(s) wearing a seat belt? Insurance companies often attempt to reduce damages by asserting a “failure to mitigate”. Additionally, was there drunk driving involved? Or maybe the negligent driver was “texting while driving”? An experienced personal injury attorney will understand the implications of these, and many other, factors, and understand how they impact your Car Accident Claim.
Contact a Morris County Car Accident Injury Attorney Today
Robert A. Smith of Smith & Doran is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney. This means that he specializes in civil court cases, including accident and injury cases of any kind. It is an accolade given by the New Jersey Supreme Court to only 2% of the active lawyers in the state. His fellow lawyers have also accorded him the highest possible Martindale Hubbel rating of AV® Preeminent in recognition of his excellent legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. Bob Smith prides himself on providing personal but professional legal counsel, and he believes open and honest communication with his clients is the key to building a long-lasting partnership based on trust.
To schedule a free consultation to discuss your car accident injury case, contact us online or call us at 973-261-6254. Weekend and evening appointments are available, and we will be happy to come to your home or hospital, if necessary, to discuss your needs. All car accident injury cases are taken on contingency, so you do not pay us unless we win your case.
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