New Jersey Law Offices Of Paul S. Foreman specializes in vehicle accident cases
AUTO ACCIDENTS, DRINKING AND DRIVING INCIDENTS
Let’s start with the good news. Statistics clearly indicate that fatal auto accidents in the state of NJ are in the process of a long-term decline. Cars are getting safer, and public service messages seem to be having at least some impact on our residents. According to State Police officials, in 2015, 542 people in the state of NJ died in fatal crashes. This is down considerably from recent years, which saw fatalities reach as high as 685 (2005) and 678 (2003). According to MADD (Mothers Against Drink Driving) 146 if the 215 fatalities (26.9%) were alcohol related. Make no mistake, there’s nothing good about this, but the numbers are trending downward.
The bigger challenge we have here in the state of NJ is that there are still a very large number of auto accidents that occur each year. According to state transportation records, in 2014 there were 290,212 auto accidents in our state. Again, the trend here is downward from recent years – but it remains a staggering number.
IF YOU ARE INVOLVED IN AN AUTO ACCIDENT OF ANY SORT
For starters, it’s important to note that NJ is one of a small number of states that follows a no-fault car insurance system when it comes to injury claims stemming from car accidents. If you are injured in a car accident, you are required to turn first to your own car insurance coverage to get compensation for medical expenses and other losses caused by the accident. It doesn’t matter who was at fault for the crash (that’s why they call it “no-fault”).
Here’s where it gets interesting: When purchasing a car insurance policy, NJ drivers have the option of choosing between no-fault and traditional car insurance coverage. Traditional coverage leaves all options on the table after a car accident. You can file a claim with the at-fault driver’s insurance carrier, or pursue a personal injury lawsuit.
Even for those who choose a no-fault policy, there is an exception that allows an injured person to step outside the no-fault system and file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. This is known as the serious injury threshold – when a car accident claim in NJ involves dismemberment, significant disfigurement or significant scarring (or some other permanent injury), displacement fractures, or loss of a fetus.
COMPENSATION FOR AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
Automobile accident injuries don’t just cause physical and emotional pain they also create a financial burden as well. Depending on the circumstances of your accident and the severity of your injuries, you may be entitled to monetary compensation to help cover costs associated with:
Pain and suffering
Loss of earning capacity
Funeral expenses and loss of companionship in the event of wrongful death
While monetary compensation cannot make up for all of your losses, it can make the recovery process easier. We have many years of experience of recovering damages for those involved in automobile accidents. It is our promise we will sift through the uncertainties you may be having and get you the money you deserve.
DIRECTLY AFTER THE AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Time is the most important factor after an automobile accident. The first step is to contact the proper authorities and receive medical attention if you believe you or a passenger may be injured. After receiving medical treatment and filing a report, it’s important to exchange insurance information with other involved drivers and, if possible, gather any evidence (contact information for witnesses, photos of the accident scene and automobiles as well as the resulting injuries, etc.). We strongly encourage automobile victims with any injuries to contact an attorney before contacting their insurance companies. Regardless of whether your insurance company provides some compensation for medical expenses and other losses, it may not be enough to cover the true costs associated with a car accident. The most minor of automobile accidents can inflict lasting physical injuries and psychological effects, so it’s in your best interest to contact this experienced law firm that understands these long-term effects to discuss your options.
TYPES OF AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENTS
Catastrophic Automobile Injuries: Any injury can be painful and financially costly, but some injuries can be life-altering to victims and their families. Severe and catastrophic injuries that often result in automobile accidents include:
Broken and fractured bones
Spinal cord injuries
These injuries can result in long-term impairment and require expensive medical treatment and rehabilitation; some even necessitate lifelong care. These injuries can also limit or eliminate an accident victim’s ability to work, support his or her family and save for the future. It is our job to determine who is responsible and how much money you are entitled to in catastrophic automobile accidents.
Drunk Driving Incidents: Regardless of the severe and careless dangers of drunken driving people continue to drink alcohol and get behind the wheel of a car. Whether they do this without the intention of hurting anyone is of no moment. It continues to occur and cause unimaginable damages. These unnecessary and untimely accidents result in severe injuries and even deaths. We take a particularly hard lined stance on those who cause injuries due to drunk drivers. If you or your loved ones do become the unfortunate victim of a drunk driver, we have the experience necessary to be certain you are awarded the appropriate monetary damages.
Distracted Driver Automobile Accidents: Every single day, thousands of drivers make the mistake of thinking they can use their cell phones to make a call, send a text message or listen to music while behind the wheel. Cell phone use, and texting have become some of the top causes of distracted driving accidents. Despite the heavy fines and very well-known restrictions on the uses of these devices people continue to use them while driving resulting in serious automobile accidents.
If you were in an accident in which the responsible driver was cited for distracted driving, that information can be used to establish negligence and pursue compensation. If you were hurt in an accident that you believe was caused by a driver inappropriately using a cell phone behind the wheel, our attorneys can investigate police reports, cell phone records and witness testimonies to strengthen your case.
Hit and Run Automobile Accidents: The occurrence of hit-and-run automobile accidents are deplorable acts that show regard for neither law nor human life, and we are here to advocate for your rights as a victim of a hit and run automobile accident. These accidents are especially common byproducts of accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists.
Recovering maximum compensation can be difficult for hit-and-run injury victims. However, we know how to thoroughly investigate hit-and-run accident cases, and we understand the tactics insurance companies employ to limit victims’ rights. If you were injured in a hit-and-run accident, it’s imperative to contact local law enforcement and an attorney as soon as possible. Time is of the essence in these circumstances.
Wrongful Death Automobile Accidents: Losing a family member or a loved one in an automobile accident can turn your life into a nightmare. We are here to lend a compassionate shoulder to bear this burden. In addition, you may also have to deal with financial strains that may include medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, lost income and more.
We are aware that no amount of money can compensate for the loss of a loved one. However, a maximum settlement can provide you and other family members with peace of mind as you move forward with your lives.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Automobile Accidents: Countless drivers focus only on other motorists, and thousands of pedestrians and bicyclists are injured every year due to this negligence. Pedestrian and bicycle accidents result in a higher rate of severe and catastrophic injuries than collisions involving two motor vehicles because those on foot or bike have an obvious limited protection.
Children are even more vulnerable to life-altering injuries in these automobile accidents, and we as your legal team understand the extensive medical treatment and long-term care that may be necessary in these circumstances. It is our job to make sure you receive the maximum monetary award should you or your loved ones be in an in unfortunate bicycle or pedestrian accident.
Winter Weather Automobile Accidents: New Jersey is known for unforgiving winters that can challenge even its long term residents. Winter is especially rough when it comes to accidents, with conditions like black ice and unmaintained and snowy roads contributing to crashes. The risk of injuries further increases when snowmobiles or snow plows are involved in clearing the snow.
We understand the many factors that can lead to winter accidents, from driver negligence to poorly plowed roads to defective or inadequately maintained vehicles. It is our job to determine in a timely of manner to determine the cause of your automobile accident and recover your maximum monetary recovery.
HOW I CAN HELP, WHY I'M THE RIGHT ATTORNEY FOR YOU
First and foremost, I know and understand the intricacies and nuances of this area of the law, and know how to apply them correctly to your specific case. This is of paramount importance. Secondly, these cases require an attorney to act quickly and develop a prompt plan of action in order to get you the money that you deserve as a result of negligence/fault on the other driver’s part. Here again, I fit the bill – I’ve had great successes by taking a hardline stance with defense attorneys and their insurance carriers from the moment I take on the case. Click here to read testimonials.
As you already know from my bio, or reading other parts of this website, my sole motivation in handling your case is to get you the most money possible in a timely manner. I do not stop applying pressure on defendants, their insurance companies, or defense attorneys until we both agree that you have been compensated fairly.
WHERE DO I PRACTICE PERSONAL INJURY LAW?
My law office is based in Roseland, NJ. I serve all New Jersey Counties including Essex, Morris, Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Sussex, Warren, Union, Middlesex, Ocean, Monmouth and any other county I am needed.
In short, I won’t let geography stand in the way of helping you, and I’m more than ready to take your case! I’ll travel to where you need me. If you’d like to schedule a free appointment, click here, or call me now at (973)-315-3232