New Jersey Car Accident Lawyer
80 Years Fighting for Car Crash Victims
When you're behind the wheel in New Jersey, you expect people around you to act responsibly. The law requires drivers to safely operate their vehicles and take precautions to avoid preventable accidents. But all too often, negligent motorists ignore their obligations and cause wrecks that injure others.
If you or someone you love were injured in a car accident, you have the right to recover your damages. An experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer can help you navigate the process and fight for the most extensive recovery possible.
Why Hire Levinson Axelrod?
At Levinson Axelrod, P.A., our New Jersey car accident attorneys have fought for injured victims for over 80 years. We've handled countless motor vehicle collisions and served victims statewide.
- Our attorneys won more than $1 billion for clients and over $350 million in the past 5 years.
- Our attorneys includes Certified Civil Trial and Workers' Comp Specialists.
- Were listed among U.S. News - Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms".
Types of Car Accidents Our Attorneys Handle
It is crucial to determine the exact cause of a car accident. So you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against those your car accident claim is at fault. Our personal injury team has experience handling various car accident cases and knows how to investigate and litigate to hold negligent defendants liable.
From drunk and distracted driving to accidents involving commercial vehicles, Levinson Axelrod has the tools to take on all types of claims. Examples of cases we handle:
- Rear-end, T-bone, and head-on collisions
- Trucking accidents/ delivery van accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- Pedestrian and bicycle crashes
- Motorcycle accidents
- Bus accidents
- Construction site accidents
- Crashes involving uninsured / underinsured drivers
If the other driver was negligent and caused the car accident, they can and should be held accountable for their actions. With our personal injury team on your side, you can bring a claim to seek compensation for your damages.
Do I Need A Lawyer For A Car Accident
As a general guideline, it’s best to contact a lawyer after a car accident as soon as possible. The first reason to do so is the statute of limitations. The statute of limitations is a law which is implemented on a state by state basis which limits how long claimants have to file any personal injury claim. According to the New Jersey Statutes section 2A:14-2 the state of New Jersey has a two-year timeline. This means you have two years from the date your accident occurred to file your claim or you will most likely be unable to do so. There are some exceptions to this law where the filing time may change, including:
- If the injury victim is a minor at the time the accident occurred
- The negligent party left the state before a claim could be filed
Beyond the statute of limitations, which applies to all personal injury claims, car accident injuries are different than other injuries covered by personal injury law in that they are most usually soft tissue injuries. Soft tissue injuries are injuries that affect the tendons, ligaments and muscles. An example of a soft tissue injury would be whiplash. Like whiplash, these types of injuries typically progressively get worse over a few days or weeks after the injury occurred.
Because of this, many injury victims sign a compensation agreement with an insurance company before talking to a lawyer only to later discover that their injuries are worse than they initially thought but are not able to recover any additional compensation to cover their costs. If you have suffered injuries at the hands of a negligent driver, talk to our New Jersey car accident attorney for help today!
What to Do After an Car Accident in New Jersey
- Report the crash/ call the cops
- Get medical help
- Collect any evidence
- Consult a car accident attorney
Common Causes of Car Accidents
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Reckless driving
- Bad weather
- Inexperienced drivers
What is The Statute of Limitations for a Car Accident in New Jersey
New Jersey's statute of limitations for car accidents is 2 years. That means in most cases you must file your lawsuit within 2 years of the date of the accident.
What Types of Compensation Can I Recover?
Whether you suffered from broken bones, a neck injury, or a head injury, compensation can cover your medical bills, the costs of rehabilitation, and your lost income and future earnings. You may also recover compensation for non-economic damages such as your pain and suffering and loss of quality of life.
Filing NJ PLIGA Benefits Claims
If you have been in an auto accident, you have the option to file a claim with the New Jersey Proper-Liability Insurance Guaranty Association (NJ PLIGA). You will need to file a Proof of Claim (POC) with the Liquidator to begin the claims process. They will then forward this claim to NJ PLIGA for review.
Although you may be concerned with filing a claim as soon as possible, it's worth discussing your case with a New Jersey auto accident attorney first. You may have other options for recovering more compensation.
Car Accident Claims and PIP Benefits
PIP, also known as personal injury protection benefits, is a package of benefits designed to cover the costs of any personal injury matter, including motor vehicle accidents. How much coverage you will be provided is governed by your specific policy and New Jersey law. To obtain these benefits, you must file an application for them with your insurance company.
PIP provides the following benefits after accidents:
- All reasonable medical and hospital expenses
- Lost wages for a minimum of 52 weeks
- Reimbursement for any essential services needed (child care, housework, etc.)
- Up to $1,000 in funeral costs if death occurred
- Up to $10,000 in income continuation benefits
Call (732) 440-3089 for Your Free Case Review
Levinson Axelrod, P.A. has helped recover more than $1 billion for clients in the history of our firm — and over $350 million in the last five years. When you work with us, you will be backed by a team that has skillfully and successfully handled thousands of cases. While the legal system may be unfamiliar to you, we have seen all types of cases before. We know what the courts look for and what needs to be done.
Contact Levinson Axelrod, P.A. online for a free consultation with our car accident attorneys in New Jersey. You won’t be charged a cent unless we win your case.
Tractor-Trailer Jury Verdict $8,000,000
A 35-year-old laborer who resides in Kearny was seriously injured while working on the median of a highway when a passing tractor-trailer lost a wheel that struck him. Evidence at trial established that after a recent tire change, the lug nuts were not properly secured by both the owner and the independent contractor who had installed the tire. Our client suffered severe head and orthopedic injuries and is now totally disabled as a result of the accident.
Personal Injury Settlement $7,000,000
A Middlesex County man was severely injured and burned as a result of a collision with a truck. The truck driver had lost control of his vehicle and had come through a median barrier which had failed to redirect the truck away from oncoming traffic. Expert testimony established that the median barrier was defective and therefore failed to protect motorist from this type of accident.
Personal Injury Jury Verdict $6,000,000
A female drunk driver crashed into plaintiff’s vehicle causing multiple fractures to the right ankle and foot. Plaintiff’s doctor testified that plaintiff would be under pain management protocol for the rest of his life due to this condition.
Tractor-Trailer Settlement $3,700,000
A Morristown woman was injured when her vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer that lost control on black ice on Interstate 287. The defendant's truck had jack-knifed as it was changing lanes in order to avoid an earlier accident. The accident resulted in our client suffering severe head injuries.
Motorcycle Collision Settlement $2,500,000
A young man was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle to work when another driver made a left hand turn in front of him, leaving our client had no memory of the accident. He suffered a number of serious fractures and underwent multiple surgeries, leaving him with disabilities. The case settled on the second day of trial.
Auto Accident Settlement $2,500,000
Levinson Axelrod Partner, Mark V. Kuminski represented a local Franklin Township woman who was involved in a three-car motor vehicle accident. The incident occurred when one of the drivers, later named as the defendant in the personal injury lawsuit filed by Mark and our firm, rear-ended a vehicle that had been stopped. Mark’s ability to express the full scope of damages incurred by our client, proved successful in compelling the jury to rule in our client’s favor.
Tractor-Trailer Judgment $2,000,000
A truck driver was injured in a chain reaction collision accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The defendant had been operating a tractor-trailer in front of our client's vehicle and had jackknifed in an attempt to bring its vehicle to an abrupt stop. Our client's vehicle then struck the defendant's trailer from behind, causing our client serious leg injuries, resulting in amputation.
Auto Accident Settlement $1,750,000
A father and daughter were killed in motor vehicle accident when the vehicle they were passengers in was struck by the defendant's delivery truck. Evidence established during discovery revealed that the delivery truck driver had run a red light and was also speeding at the time of the accident.
Personal Injury Settlement $1,500,000
A father and son were loading baggage into their car in front of one of the terminals at Newark Airport when a limousine driver, in an argument with a police officer, suddenly gunned his engine striking the two men and their car. Our clients both suffered severe injuries to their knees and legs.
Auto Accident Settlement $1,500,000
Our client was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a single car accident, which occurred when the driver of the vehicle she was in lost control while passing another car. There was an allegation that the driver was racing another car when the accident occurred. Our client sustained cervical and lumbar injuries and was ultimately required to undergo surgery on her neck.