New Jersey Municipal Vehicle Accident Attorneys

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Police officers, postal workers, firefighters, and other municipal employees are expected to show a reasonable level of care for citizens and fellow drivers. But unfortunately, distracted driving or carelessness contributes to municipal vehicle accidents every year.

There were 31,141 car accidents in 2013 in Bergen County alone, according to data from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. More than 5,700 people were injured in these car accidents, and 32 accidents resulted in death. The speed at which police cars, ambulances, and fire trucks are required to travel puts them at an increased risk for collisions.

Millions of children ride on school buses every day, not to mention the number of adults and commuters who travel by bus or train. Garbage trucks, utility trucks, snowplows, and other city vehicles travel the roads day in and day out, and the drivers are expected to drive carefully and protect the safety of others. Any municipal driver who fails to do so should be held accountable for the damage caused.

Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are committed to you and your case. The trial-proven attorneys at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are prepared to thoroughly investigate your claim and aggressively pursue justice for you and your family. If you or a loved one has been injured in a municipal vehicle accident, contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi today.

What Are Municipal Vehicle Accidents?

If your injury is caused by the negligence of an employee of the New Jersey government (or a New Jersey government agency), it is treated somewhat differently under the law. Municipal vehicle accidents can involve any state, county, or local government transportation, including:

After a municipal vehicle accident, you have 90 days to file a formal claim with the state government. After a formal claim is filed, you must wait six months to file a lawsuit. In this time, the government agency will typically reach out to you to resolve your claim.

At this point, it is especially helpful to have an experienced personal injury lawyer on your side. A qualified trial attorney has the expertise you need to stand up to government agencies and ensure you are receiving fair compensation for your injuries.

Client Success Story

I cannot express how grateful and pleased I am to have had Christopher DiGirolamo and his paralegal Christine Carrino represent me in connection with my personal injury action.

What had happened to me was an event that was about to completely change my life.

Initially I was unable to go to the offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi because of my injuries. I had been hit by a motor vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. Christopher came to me. He offered not only expert legal advice but helped significantly with other things like obtaining police reports, how to handle telephone calls, photographing the scene and even advice about warding off “adjusters” who came knocking on my door. Most importantly, Christopher listened. His compassion, knowledge and understanding cannot be overstated.

I, as a lawyer with medical knowledge who needed a lawyer, would consider myself to be somewhat of a challenging client. Christopher took all this in stride and was fearless in offering guidance and advice when I was having difficulty looking at things objectively. Christopher allayed my anxieties and made me feel better each and every time we spoke. He put things in perspective for me while at the same time, not sugar coating the difficult days ahead that were in store for me, both physically and throughout the legal proceedings. Christopher asked me about my preferences and my choices. He was always interested in my ideas and my point of view. Christopher balanced my convictions with his undeniable objectivity and expertise.

Throughout the protracted course of discovery and pre-trial conferences, Christopher went out of his way to communicate with me and keep me informed. When Christopher was in court we engaged in many real time texting sessions. He respected my decisions about strategy and was constant in upholding his integrity. With Christopher’s tenacity and wit, the case was ultimately resolved without trial.

Christopher and the law firm of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. made every effort to accommodate me in whatever way they could. I offer my thanks and gratitude.

- Karen

Client Success Story

I wanted to make sure that you were aware of my extreme gratitude to Chris DiGirolamo, and his law firm, for the work done on my behalf.

As a 33 year licensed motorcyclist in the state of NJ, I have seen a lot of friends/family go through the process of a personal injury suit, and many times the outcome is less than favorable.  Let’s face it, there is a lot of bias against bikers out there…  So when it was my turn to experience the process first hand, I didn’t hold a lot of hope that I would recover any of what I lost.

Chris DiGirolamo not only got me enough of a settlement to recover what was lost, he got the max available, allowing me to have a little piece of mind for the future as well.

He was patient when I sent endless emails full of questions and kind and understanding with regard to my case.  I will ALWAYS refer my friends to this firm, and use them again myself, if the situation ever arises…

Thank you again for all your hard work!

- Jennifer Bounassi

Client Success Story

Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi has a team of dedicated attorneys, knowledgeable and give 110% to each one of their cases.

- Andrea Y Jose

What Injuries Are Common in Municipal Vehicle Accidents?

Car accidents can cause a large number of serious and even fatal injuries. Municipal vehicles, which are often larger and heavier, can deal even worse blows. Injuries from municipal vehicle accidents can include:

  • Head injuries
  • Fractures
  • Brain damage
  • Fractured hips
  • Amputations
  • Paraplegia/ Quadriplegia
  • Death

How is Fault Determined?

New Jersey operates under a “comparative negligence” system. This means that you are not required to prove that the other driver was 100 percent at fault to win damages. You are only required to prove that the other driver was more than 50 percent at fault.

The compensation you are entitled to will be reduced by the amount of your percentage of fault. For example, say you have one brake light out on your car when you stop at a stoplight. A police car comes up too fast and rear-ends you while you are waiting for the light to turn green, causing $100,000 worth of injuries and damage. The jury determines that you are 10 percent at fault in the accident because of the broken brake light, so your total potential compensation will be reduced from $100,000 to $90,000.

Comparative negligence comes into play when a personal injury lawsuit makes it to trial (which represents a very small portion of personal injury cases). However, an insurance adjuster or competing attorney can bring up the principle of comparative negligence to argue for reduced damages during out-of-court discussions.

What Can You Win?

There are two types of damages awarded in personal injury cases: compensatory damages and punitive damages. Compensatory damages are designed to compensate the injured for monetary and emotional damages, including:

  • Current and future medical expenses
  • Lost wages and decreased earning potential
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Loss of consortium

There are no limits on compensatory damages in the state of New Jersey.

Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for egregious conduct, and they are awarded only in cases of extreme negligence or intent to harm. Punitive damages are limited to $350,000 or five times the amount of compensatory damages (whichever is greater).

Why Hire An Attorney?

City, county, state, and federal agencies have massive resources on their side. They retain expensive legal teams to fight civil lawsuits and absolve government officials of blame. Without an attorney on your side, government lawyers will try to drown your claim in paperwork or make it extremely difficult to prove your claim.

In addition, municipal vehicle accident claims move much quicker than a typical personal injury claim. Injured parties must give notice of the claim within 90 days of the accident when it involves a public entity, county, state, or municipal agency. (In other personal injury cases, you have up to two years to file a lawsuit.)

Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have more than 80 years of experience fighting for clients against large insurance carriers, health care systems, and government agencies. We have a proven track record of success, including a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements.

We’ve handled a wide variety of car accident cases. We have fighting aggressively for our clients, and we have won a number of multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. We are certified civil trial attorneys and members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, so you can rest assured that your case will be thoroughly investigated and trial-ready.

Contact Us for a Free Consultation

As our client, you can expect personalized service, clear communication, and thorough preparation. We pride ourselves on putting you first and responding quickly to your needs.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a municipal vehicle accident, call (201) 585-9111 or fill out an online inquiry to schedule your initial consultation. The consultation is free and confidential, and there are no attorney fees due until we win your case.