Car Accident Attorney New Jersey
After an auto accident, you may be faced with new challenges and with added burdens both financially and physically. Working with a qualified attorney is often the best way to deal with these challenges and to receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, we can provide you with the right representation for car accident cases . We are committed to ensuring fair outcomes for our clients in the New York and New Jersey legal systems.
The Right Representation Makes a Difference
At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, our attorneys have amassed a wealth of experience and knowledge in the legal field to serve our clients better. We have achieved outstanding results for the individuals and families we represent, including significant settlement amounts for liability cases in New York and New Jersey. In most cases, there is a relatively small period of time during which a civil case for financial compensation can be filed. Our attorneys will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive effective and assertive legal representation for your auto accident case.
Help When You Need It Most
The Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can take on legal actions related to wrongful deaths or injuries in auto accident cases. We meet with you and your family to discuss the best way forward and the most practical steps you can take to protect your financial future and to ensure that those responsible for the accident are held accountable for their actions.
Frequently Asked Questions About Auto Accident Liability in New Jersey
The skilled and knowledgeable attorneys at the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can provide you with accurate information about auto accident liability and financial compensation for your specific situation and legal action. Here are some of the most commonly asked questions our clients ask about financial compensation for auto accident cases.
What should I do immediately after a car accident occurs?
Our legal team recommends the following steps if you are involved in an auto accident that has caused injuries or has resulted in a death:
- Try to maintain a calm attitude.
- Exchange information with the other driver, including your contact information and insurance company contacts.
- Call law enforcement as soon as possible after the accident. Give them a truthful account of what happened when they arrive on the scene.
- Look for witnesses to the accident and, if possible, get names and contact information for any later legal action.
- If you are able, take pictures of the vehicles and the area around the crash.
- Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Do not discuss the accident with the other driver or their insurance company. Any information you give to these parties could be used against you in or out of court. Your own insurance company can handle any interactions that are required.
- Get medical help and evaluation as soon as possible after the accident for yourself or any injured parties
If possible, you should request a police report of the incident as soon as possible. Your insurance company may also request a copy to support any actions they may take against the driver responsible for the accident.
Can I file a lawsuit for wrongful death?
At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, we can help you to file a wrongful death legal action against those responsible for the death of your loved one in an automobile accident. This is usually the best course of action to recover financial compensation for any medical or funeral expenses as well as lost income, lost companionship and other losses you have sustained because of the death of your loved one. Depending on the circumstances of the accident, you may be able to hold the driver, the insurance company or the corporate employer responsible through a wrongful death lawsuit.
What recourse is available for injured passengers?
Passengers who have been injured in a car accident can file a legal action against the driver responsible for their injuries. In some cases, this may require a lawsuit against family members or friends to recover the financial settlement necessary to manage medical bills and other expenses associated with these accidents. The Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can help with the most practical legal services delivered in a sensitive and compassionate manner to allow you to navigate these awkward situations.
Why should I retain an attorney?
Car accident settlement cases can be complicated and usually require the assistance of an experienced attorney to achieve the best outcome. Insurance companies typically maintain their own lineup of attorneys to represent their side of legal cases. You need the same degree of legal expertise on your side to level the playing field and to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries or losses in a serious automobile accident. Your attorney will work with you to determine the best approach to obtain the highest settlement for your case.
When should I contact an attorney?
It is a good idea to contact a car accident attorney as soon as possible after your accident. This will allow your attorney to collect information and to visit the scene of the accident to create an accurate reconstruction of the events and environment of the collision. In many cases, the team at Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can find evidence that other authorities and agencies may have missed. This can ensure the best representation for your car accident case.
How much will my legal action cost?
The Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can schedule a free, no-obligation initial consultation to discuss your case and to explain our fees and when they will be due. This will make it simple for you and your family to determine if legal action is the right recourse for your situation.
What are my rights to compensation in an accident that was not my fault?
If you are involved in an accident that was not your fault, a few factors may affect your ability to collect compensation for your injuries or losses:
- No-fault insurance: New Jersey is a no-fault insurance coverage state. This means that your insurance coverage will cover your lost wages and your medical bills. The other party’s insurance will cover their costs for these same expenses. If you wish to receive compensation for disability, pain, suffering and other expenses and losses not covered by no-fault insurance, legal action will be necessary.
- Bodily injury claims: You can claim compensation for your physical injuries by filing a claim against the other driver. This can allow you to recover damages from the other party’s insurance company for disability, disfigurement, emotional and physical distress, pain, suffering and loss of earning capacity.
- Property damage claims: Damage to your vehicle or the total loss of your vehicle can also be grounds for receiving compensation from the other driver and their insurance company. If you have comprehensive coverage on your vehicle, your own insurance company may reimburse you for the cost of repairs or the value of your totaled vehicle just prior to the collision.
- Fault in the accident: Law enforcement officers responding to the scene of the accident may make a determination of fault at the time of the crash. In some cases, this determination may not be completely accurate or based on all the facts. The Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can provide you with added help in explaining your side of the story and ensuring that the determination of fault is as accurate as possible.
What if I am found to be at fault or partially at fault in the accident?
Even if an initial determination of fault goes against you, our attorneys can work to correct misconceptions and mistakes made by those making this determination. Cases in which multiple parties may share the blame for the accident can be exceptionally complex. Our team can help you navigate the legal process and present your case to a jury or judge in the way most likely to support a fair settlement for your claims. You will typically receive compensation reduced by the percentage amount to which you are found to be at fault.
Will my case go to trial?
About 95 percent of personal injury cases are settled before they go to trial. If your case does go to trial, the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group will provide the representation you need for these proceedings.
Am I required to consent to a medical examination by the insurance company?
Examinations that are required by no-fault insurance companies are known as Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs). Before scheduling an IME, discussing this requirement with our attorneys can help you navigate this process with minimal impact to your ability to collect compensation and benefits.
How long will it take to receive compensation?
The length of time before you will receive your settlement funds usually ranges between 14 to 22 months after the accident. Our team will keep you posted on the progress of your case and the likely disbursement date for your compensation.
Can I sue for more compensation after the case is settled?
In general, you will not be able to sue for additional funds after your case has been settled. Working with our attorneys will help you to file for the correct amount of compensation during your first attempt.
What happens if the other driver has inadequate or no insurance?
Uninsured motorist coverage will provide you with at least some compensation for your injuries and losses. This is part of your regular insurance coverage.
Who can be sued for car accident compensation?
Anyone who was responsible in any way for the accident can usually be sued, including the following categories of individuals and organizations:
- The at-fault driver or drivers
- Insurance companies
- Bus companies
- Trucking firms
- Truck owners
- Auto manufacturers in cases of vehicle defects
- Auto dealerships
- Mechanics and tire shops
- Waste management companies
- Government agencies responsible for infrastructure and roadway design
- Car rental agencies
Is a rental vehicle covered by insurance?
If you were not at fault in the accident, the other party’s insurance company may cover the cost of a rental vehicle. Rental coverage is also available through your own insurance company if you have chosen this option.
Who pays for repairing my car?
If you have comprehensive and collision coverage, your own insurance company will typically cover the cost of necessary repairs. If your vehicle is considered a total loss, however, you can either accept the insurance company’s offer for the value of your car or seek other estimates for its value. The Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group can provide added help in dealing with these financial issues.
At the Di Lauri & Hewitt Law Group, we can provide you with the comprehensive representation for personal injury and car collision compensation cases. Give us a call today at (973) 343-5736 to schedule your consultation with us. We have a proven track record of success in providing the best representation for our clients in the states of New Jersey and New York.
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