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New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer, Bergen County

scale of justice on an empty tablePersonal injury lawyers serving Northern New Jersey, including Paramus, Hackensack and Bergen County.

Have you been hurt in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, either as a driver, passenger or pedestrian? The New Jersey car accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh have assembled an experienced team of crash investigators & medical experts who will go to work for you. Best of all, you pay us nothing unless your case reaches a settlement or jury award.

Once the clamor of the emergency room has died down, car accident victims are left with a mounting pile of bills, ongoing pain and suffering, impaired work ability, and a lot of questions about compensation. If the accident wasn’t your fault, what damages are you entitled to? Is it worth it to file a car accident lawsuit?

The NY & NJ personal injury attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh have over 25 years of success in helping car accident victims in Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Morris, Middlesex, and Essex counties (as well as NYC and Long Island) win justice for the harm that was caused them, and gain maximum compensation for their losses. Call us today for a no-charge, no-obligation consultation about your case.

What to look for when choosing an auto accident lawyer

Ultimately, you want to find a qualified New Jersey car accident lawyer who truly has your best interests at heart – not a lawyer who is in the pocket of the insurance companies.

Remember, legal services should be on a contingency basis only. Anyone who asks for an upfront fee is likely a scam artist! In the retainer agreement, you’ll want to see that all attorney-rendered services, required actions, legal fees, payment scheduling and termination terms are spelled out.

Lastly, you want to find a lawyer that specializes in car accident cases, as the field of personal injury protection can be quite broad.

What can a New Jersey car accident attorney do for you?

Hiring a lawyer is especially advantageous if:

  • Your injuries were very serious
  • Someone in your car has died
  • The other driver was uninsured or underinsured
  • The claims adjuster is pressuring you to settle quickly
  • You don’t feel fairly compensated

Hiring a personal injury attorney increases your odds of winning a fair settlement.

The car accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh will:

  • Review police reports
  • Question eyewitnesses
  • Tap our team of crash reconstruction experts to explain what happened
  • Photograph the accident scene
  • Obtain testimony from medical experts
  • Evaluate injury reports
  • Dig up background information about the person who hit your vehicle
  • Speak with insurance companies for you
  • Create a compelling argument that’ll win in court or lead to an out-of-court settlement

New Jersey car accident statistics

State police released a report in January 2014 that contained the following NJ car accident data:

  • There were 542 fatalities on the state’s highways and main streets in 2013.
  • The number of fatalities decreased 8 percent since 2012 and marked the lowest tally since the 40s.
  • Traffic deaths have been cut in half since 1981, when there were 1,160 deaths.
  • Fatalities included: 304 drivers, 131 pedestrians, 93 passengers, and 14 bicyclists.
  • Middlesex County roads were the deadliest, with 56 fatalities.
  • Other counties with fatalities included: Ocean (47), Atlantic (41), and Essex (40).
  • New Year’s Eve was the most dangerous travel time, with four deaths in four accidents.
  • Two people died during Christmas holiday travel time – down from 11 in 2012.

Types of car accidents

Eisbrouch Marsh injury attorneys litigate cases arising from the following:

  • Head-on collisions
  • DWI or DUI
  • Distracted driving / texting
  • Rollover crashes
  • Rear-end fender benders
  • Bus accidents
  • Taxi crashes
  • Bicycle accidents
  • Motorcycle crashes
  • Pedestrian injuries
  • Fatalities
  • Transit authority accidents
  • Commercial vehicle collisions

To successfully win compensation in a car accident lawsuit in Bergen County and elsewhere in New Jersey, plaintiffs usually must demonstrate that they have suffered serious injuries.

Serious injuries resulting from auto accidents include:

  • Dismemberment
  • Permanent scarring
  • Loss of fetus
  • Fractures
  • Disability
  • Loss of body function
  • At least 3 months of daily impairment
  • Injuries resulting in medical bills exceeding $50,000

Who is liable for a car accident in a no-fault state like New Jersey?

New Jersey is considered a “choice” state, meaning that drivers may choose a basic no-fault insurance plan or a standard policy that preserves one’s right to sue for pain and suffering.

Residents with the basic policy will receive Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage from their own insurance company, with a financial limit of $15,000 and the possibility of a premium hike if a claim is filed. Only in extreme cases of death, dismemberment, disfigurement, fractures and disability can a person with this type of insurance still sue for non-economic damages.

Individuals who are willing to pay a slightly higher premium with a standard policy can sue for additional benefits like:

  • Funeral expenses
  • Income continuation
  • Essential services
  • Death benefits
  • Pain and suffering
  • Vehicle replacement costs

The standard policy limit in New Jersey is $250,000. New Jersey car accident attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh would be happy to review your insurance policy and let you know what entitlements you may have.

How much do these cases typically pay out?

Compensation for car accidents in New Jersey can vary greatly, especially when jurors must calculate an amount for “pain and suffering.” While medical bills and lost earnings are easy enough to tally, the realm of estimating a person’s emotional misery is far more uncertain. Generally, jurors will debate amongst themselves and try to reach a consensus based on the emotional appeals made by the plaintiff’s attorney.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we will seek maximum compensation for your suffering by providing emotionally compelling evidence, such as:

  • Photos of children (when children have been injured)
  • Medical documentation and testimony verifying the severity of the injury
  • Photos of the injury
  • Proof that the defendant has lied or attempted a cover-up (when applicable)
  • Evidence that you are a wholesome character, worthy of a generous lump sum

Below are a few recent examples of New Jersey car accident lawsuits that paid out rather large verdicts or settlements.

New Jersey auto accident verdicts and settlements:

  • $1 million jury award – A Bergen County jury awarded Weehawken resident Joan LeFosse Paulsen $1 million for her pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment and disability after a vehicle crossed the double yellow lines and slammed into the driver’s side door. The plaintiff was forced her to undergo seven months of chiropractic treatment after the River Road crash.
  • $621,410 wrongful death settlement – A jury in Elizabeth determined that former state Senator Joseph Suliga’s driver was to blame for the car accident that killed the politician. His widow was granted a $621,410 wrongful death award for the February 2005 accident. Though another man hit the car, it was Suliga who illegally parked the vehicle, which was sticking out onto East Linden Avenue.
  • $4.5 million settlement – NJ Transit paid June Layne $4.5 million after she became trapped under a bus’ rear wheels while crossing the road in July 2010. She suffered an open ankle fracture and tissue that separated from the bone on both legs.
  • $7.5 million jury award – A tire blowout at 65 mph caused a rollover that caused a head injury and other critical wounds. An eight-member jury in Newark unanimously voted to award plaintiffs $2 million in compensatory damages and $5.5 million in punitive damages. Ultimately, the car dealer was found liable for the damage.
  • $2.9 million settlement – A 42-year-old woman was offered a large settlement prior to trial after a commercial vehicle making an illegal left clipped her while she was riding a motorcycle, causing amputation of one leg.

NJ car accident attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh are here to help

Get answers and assistance from New Jersey car accident lawyers with over 25 years of trial experience by calling us today 201-342-5545. Remember, all case reviews are complimentary and free-of-charge, and you owe us no money unless we win your case. We serve injury victims throughout Bergen County, Hackensack, Paramus and Northern New Jersey.

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