Teaneck lies at the intersection of a few major East Coast roadways: Interstate 95, Interstate 80, and Route 4. Car accidents are not solely found on major highways, though. They occur throughout the city and county. According to New Jersey State Police, Bergen County experienced 40 fatalities in car accidents in 2019.
If you suffered injuries or incurred damage to your car in an accident, you can call us from the scene of the accident at (201) 585-9111. We can give you a free case review on your legal options. A Teaneck car accident lawyer at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. will see your case through, from start to finish.
What To Do When You Are in a Car Accident
Densely populated areas like Teaneck are common throughout New Jersey, so car accidents are not uncommon. There is no car accident case too complicated for our lawyers—we know how to navigate even the most winding-road type of cases.
Reporting a Car Accident
New Jersey R.S. §39:4-130 stipulates that drivers must report car accidents if someone is injured, there is at least $500 worth of property damage, or someone dies. If the police do not file a report at the scene of the accident, you must submit it to the local law enforcement agency within 10 days of the accident.
In building any legal case for a car accident, filing a police report from the start shows a serious initiative to take action. It bolsters how involved you appear to be in pursuing damages for your losses, and more importantly, helps to hold liable parties accountable for negligence. Filing a report as soon as possible is your best bet. You should also take the opportunity immediately following an accident to note any external factors that may have contributed to the accident. Photographs of both cars, road conditions, witness contact information, and anything else you notice may all be useful at some point later on.
New Jersey Is a No-Fault Auto Insurance State
New Jersey §39:6A-4.3 follows a no-fault insurance rule, so anyone involved in an accident must report their initial claims to their own insurance company. This usually benefits drivers who need immediate coverage for injuries and damages in an accident.
Being in a no-fault auto insurance state like New Jersey does have some limits, but it does not altogether ruin the potential for you to pursue damages with a legal claim. As presented by the New Jersey Department of Banking & Insurance regarding the right to sue, you may elect to have the right to sue for any injury or you are limited to sue based on a list of permanent injuries.
In New Jersey, there is also a limit to the amount of money you can pursue for a car accident claim. New Jersey Punitive Damages Act §2A:15-5.14 stipulates that your claim must exclusively identify your pursuit of punitive damages, and the total amount must not exceed $350,000.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Claims
The statute of limitations will vary for your car accident claim, depending on your unique case. You may not be able to file a case after your coordinating statute of limitations is up, which is why it is vital to call our lawyers as soon as you think you might have a case. All statutes of limitations are generally set from the date the accident that caused the damage or injury happened:
● Wrongful Death: 2 years, according to N.J.S.A. §2A:31-3
● Personal Injury: 2 years, according to N.J.S.A. §2A:14-2
● Property Damage: 6 years, according to N.J.S.A. §2A:14-1
Of course, this is a non-exhaustive list of claims you may consider; each car accident case is unique. As you can see, filing a claim properly can be made easier by a legal professional who can get the job done in a timely and orderly fashion. You do not have to handle filing and pursuing your claim alone. Get the job done right when you work with the lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. Call us at (201) 585-9111 for a free case review.
Car Accident Damages
After a car accident, the initial shock of the accident alone can potentially erase awareness of the extent of your damages. That is just one reason why you may benefit from calling a lawyer as soon as possible. Another way our lawyers can help you is by maximizing the amount in damages you seek.
Remember that this accident could have a number of impacts on you for the rest of your life. When you file your claim, consider that you may be dealing with financial losses for years to come.
Damages You Can Pursue
After a car accident, recovering money is probably not the first thing on your mind. However, the damages of a car accident will slowly eat away at your life’s earnings. You may want to consider the potential short-term and long-term costs of the accident, like:
● Emergency and long-term medical treatment
● Prescription medications
● Medical equipment needed after the accident
● Loss of work, and loss of potential to work
● Loss of consortium, especially if you were the main financial earner for dependents in your
● Damage to your car
● Damage to valuables in your car at the time of the accident
This list is not exhaustive of the possible high costs after the accident. Our lawyers can give you the full picture of your case when you are ready to begin. The lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. are willing and ready to take on your case. Work with us today by starting with a free consultation.
A Teaneck Car Accident Lawyer Is Here for You
The lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. want to provide you with legal representation because your happiness matters to us. We keep all of our clients informed, engaged, and inspired. However, we cannot begin working on your case until you give us a call.
Call our law offices today at (201) 585-9111. We can sort out the details of your case, and you can get back to life as you knew it before the car accident.