Hackensack Car Accident Lawyer
Unfortunately, car accidents are something that most people who live and drive in Hackensack, New Jersey find themselves involved in sooner or later. If the accident was caused by someone else’s negligence or recklessness, they may be held liable for your injuries and losses (damages).
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were more than 63,000 individuals injured or killed in car accidents on New Jersey roads in 2016. Bergen county experienced 29,145 car accidents in 2016, resulting in 6,367 injuries and 32 fatalities.
If you have been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s fault, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and losses. An experienced Hackensack car accident attorney can assist you with the process of filing a claim, while you focus on getting the medical treatment you need and recovering from your injuries.
Call Bhatt Law Group at (201) 798-8000 to speak with one of our expert car accident lawyers who can tell you how we will assist you with your claim.
Damages Recoverable In Hackensack Car Accident Claim
When a car accident happens, someone is ordinary to blame. Regardless of whether or not the at-fault party was driving a vehicle that hit your car, or was the driver in a vehicle in which you were a passenger, you may be entitled to recover a substantial amount of compensation for your injuries and losses.
Even if the accident was partly your fault, you may still recover compensation. New Jersey follows the concept of “Modified” Comparative Negligence in certain personal injury cases. Under New Jersey law, this means that if a jury finds that you were not more than 50% responsible for the accident in which you were injured, you can still be awarded damages.
But in order to have a valid car accident claim, you must be able to prove that:
- The at-fault driver acted negligently and that it was, in fact, his or her negligence that caused or contributed to the accident in which you were injured.
- You have some provable damages. If you don’t have damages, you do not have a claim. No matter how upset or traumatized you were, how negligently the at-fault driver was driving, or how many traffic citations they received, without provable injuries or damage to your property, you have no claim.
Damages recoverable in a Hackensack car accident claim may include:
- Medical expense
- Out of pocket expenses
- Lost wages and income
- Reduced earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
What to do After You’ve Been Involved in a Car Accident
1. Call 911
If you are injured in a car accident, the first thing you should do is call 911. If you are injured badly somebody else should call for you.
The police report and documentation from the emergency medical service (EMS) will be essential to your car accident claim. The EMS report will contain information regarding your injuries and the medical treatment you received at the scene of the accident. And If necessary, EMS will transport you to a hospital where medical personnel will further document your condition.
A police report will include information about the at-fault drivers’ negligent or reckless driving, as well as, any tickets that were issued, witness information, the weather conditions, diagrams of the accident, insurance details, and more.
Do not allow the other driver to convince you not to call the police. Make sure to call the police if anyone has been injured or if anyone’s property has been damaged. Don’t make any agreement with the other driver if it means that you won’t be making a police report. If you intend on filing a car accident claim, a police report will be extremely helpful.
2. Gather Additional Information
EMS and the police will only include certain details in their reports, so you need to gather additional information that will assist you and your lawyers in pursuing your claim or negotiating a fair settlement, such as:
- The names, addresses, and telephone numbers of all drivers involved.
- The name of the other driver’s insurance company, its phone number, and his or her policy number.
- The names and contacts for anyone who may have witnessed the accident.
- Any other observations you may have pertaining to the accident––road conditions, visibility, distractions, etc.
In addition, you should photograph or videotape the scene of the accident, any injuries you have, and whatever damage the vehicles sustained. If you are seriously injured, have someone else do this for you.
3. Continue Being Treated and Documenting Your Injuries
If you were seriously injured in the car accident, you will probably have to see the doctor for the next several days or weeks following the accident. Accept as much medical treatment and therapy as the doctor orders. But, always get referrals to any specialist you visit to treat particular injuries. For a strong car accident claim, you must have credible medical documentation.
4. Contact An Experienced Car Accident Lawyer
Finally, contact a car accident attorney immediately for a free consultation. Car accidents are often devastating and confusing for someone who has been seriously injured. So, you should allow an experienced attorney to handle the medical and legal matter involved.
Why call a car accident attorney immediately? One mistake may adversely affect your right to be fully compensated by the insurance companies and the parties responsible for your injuries and losses. The right attorney is also familiar with all the insurance regulations, knows all of the individual nuances of the various insurance companies and can navigate you through a difficult and confusing period of your life.
How Our Hackensack Car Accident Lawyers Can Help
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in Hackensack, New Jersey, your best chance to obtain full and just compensation is to be represented by an attorney who is experienced in New Jersey car accident cases.
Experience has shown that insurance companies only offer you fair compensation if they know that they will lose in court. Our car accident lawyers have the know-how and fortitude to stand by your side and see your case through to victory.
For more information, please call Bhatt Law Group to consult with an experienced Hackensack car accident lawyer who can assist you with obtaining the maximum available recovery for your injuries and losses. Call (201) 798-8000, or send us a message online to arrange a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.
Our Hackensack office is located at:
Bhatt Law Group
411 Hackensack Avenue, 2nd Fl.
Hackensack, NJ 07601