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Car Accident Injuries

two cars speeding down highwayBergen County car accident lawyers serving all of northern NJ, including Paramus and Hackensack, as well as Essex, Middlesex, Passaic, Hudson and Morris counties.

The range of car accident injuries can vary significantly, but there is no doubting the fact that thousands of people sustain life-changing harm on the roads every year. The NJ auto accident attorneys at Eisbrouch Marsh have spent the past 25 years serving clients in northern New Jersey & NYC, and stand prepared to fight on your behalf for the compensation you deserve if you have been injured in a crash.

In 2011 alone, the New Jersey State Police reported that 586 fatal collisions occurred, resulting in 627 deaths. According to Jersey Department of Transportation data, 10 counties, including Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Middlesex and Morris accounted for almost 75 percent of all the motor vehicle collisions taking place in the state that year, with over 61,000 such accidents ending with serious injuries to those involved.

Common types of car accident injuries

Every automobile collision is different, and injuries can run the gamut from cuts and scrapes to debilitating brain injuries. However, there are certain types of car accident injuries that tend to appear with alarming frequency.

Serious motor vehicle accident injuries include:

  • Spinal cord injury – Among the most profound injuries a person can sustain, trauma to the spinal cord can produce short-term or even permanent degrees of paralysis. In the event a spine injury is feared in the immediate aftermath of a crash, it is essential for accident victims to stay put until help arrives.
  • Lacerations – Jagged pieces of metal and glass resulting from the moment of impact have the ability to cause serious cuts on the body that can necessitate surgery and immediate action to address heavy loss of blood.
  • Back injuries – Fractures, strains, disc trauma, lumbar radiculopathy and thoracic spine damage often result from car accidents, and have a disturbing tendency not to present themselves immediately after a crash. Unfortunately, the consequences of such injuries can be lasting and severe.
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI) – When a closed head injury of this type occurs,immediate attention is vital in order to address dangerous brain swelling and stave off permanent harm. Serious injuries can occur to the brain even if an individual shows no other outward signs of cuts, bruising or broken bones.
  • Broken bones – Breaks of arms, legs, ankles and wrists are frequent car accident injuries, and when bones are fractured so severely as to protrude through an individual’s skin, the need for surgical intervention is a foregone conclusion.
  • Neck injuries – These can be relatively mild in nature, but they can also be lifelong challenges resulting from damage to the discs, vertebrae or the result of cervical rediculopathy. Whiplash is a particularly painful soft tissue injury relating to the neck that may take several days to emerge following an accident.
  • Psychological manifestations – Car accidents are also known for producing serious emotional effects on victims that are not unlike those experienced by sufferers of post-traumatic stress disorder. This is particularly the case when an auto accident results in severe injuries or death. The psychological impact on individuals can last for an extended period of time and greatly interfere with normal life functions.
  • Burns – When fiery collisions occur, disfiguring burns to the skin of victims are always a possibility, and they can cause devastating physical pain and scarring as well as significant emotional damage.

Frequent causes of serious car accidents

There are innumerable potential causes for vehicle collisions, and the ultimate determination of what went wrong can greatly impact the best way to seek compensation. Another driver may have been negligent in driving while drunk, talking on a cell phone or engaging in other types of dangerous behavior. It may be that another driver’s car had a defective part or system that caused it to veer off-course. These facts can have a significant impact on the parties that may be held liable for injuries.

In some cases, auto accidents occur due to municipal or state failure to properly maintain roads, traffic signals or intersections. In such instances, it may be possible to seek recovery from road maintenance contractors or their employers.

No matter the eventual findings, determining the true cause of a vehicle collision can be a daunting task, particularly when there are serious injuries or deaths involved. Fortunately, the NJ personal injury attorneys of Eisbrouch Marsh have built an extensive network of crash investigators, engineers and experts who have the background and technical knowledge necessary to establish exactly what precipitated any accident.

We also enjoy access to a team of physicians and other medical consultants who are skilled in documenting and detailing the seriousness of our clients’ injuries and in discussing the ongoing treatment and accommodations they are likely to need.

Compensation available for car accident victims in New Jersey

As devastating as serious auto accidents certainly are, victims need to realize that the law does provide them an opportunity to recover compensation for the losses they have sustained.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we possess well over two decades of experience fighting for our clients’ rights to receive payment for:

  • Medical expenses, both present and future
  • Property damage
  • Lost wages
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Loss of companionship
  • Child care and household help
  • Loss of financial contribution
  • Funeral expenses, when needed

In order to succeed in securing fair payment for harm suffered in a car accident, it is often necessary for a car accident lawsuit to be initiated. Because accident victims are not always certain of the best course of action to take following a crash, the New Jersey auto accident lawyers of Eisbrouch Marsh stand ready and willing to assess the facts of any case and determine viable next steps.

While New Jersey is a no-fault auto insurance state, and your own policy is likely to provide you with personal injury protection benefits, it may be that you are able to pursue additional recovery from the driver responsible for the harm you suffered. Our knowledgeable Bergen County accident attorneys will be able to review your situation and determine the best ways to maximize available financial compensation.

Experienced help in securing compensation for auto injuries

Serious auto accidents can negatively impact not only those directly involved in the collision, but also their family members who may rely on them for financial and emotional support. The types and severity of injuries regularly sustained in automobile crashes can be truly devastating. All accident victims owe it to themselves to enlist the aid of a personal injury lawyer with a track record of success on behalf of clients. It is critical not to leave financial resources on the table that could prove valuable in the often arduous process of physical and emotional recovery.

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we feel it is our mission to protect the rights of the injured and seek justice when the negligence of others has caused serious harm. If you or a loved one have been the victim of a serious automobile accident in New Jersey, including anywhere in Essex, Morris, Middlesex, Hudson, Passaic or Bergen County, we invite you to contact us at 201-342-5545 for a no-obligation initial consultation.

  1. New Jersey State Police, Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash: Comparative Data Report for the State of New Jersey, http://www.njsp.org/info/fatalacc/2011_fatal_crash.pdf
  2. State of New Jersey, Department of Transportation, Crash Summary For Municipal Road System, http://www.state.nj.us/transportation/refdata/accident/12/ARDSMRPT01.2012.pdf