Speeding Accident Lawyer in New Jersey
Speeding is a minor decision that can have serious consequences. Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents, and it was a contributing factor in 30 percent of all fatal crashes in 2011. Nearly 10,000 lives were lost to speeding-related crashes in 2011, and the annual cost of speeding-related collisions is upwards of $40 billion, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Of the 627 fatal car crashes in New Jersey in 2011, excessive speed was a factor in more than 170 of them.
Far too many drivers treat speed limits as friendly “reminders” or guidelines, but the truth is, these posted speed limits save lives. When drivers are in a rush or disregard the speed limit, they reduce their ability to stop safely and react to sudden maneuvers. Speed limits are in place to protect drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians alike, and they are meant to stop drivers from making dangerous decisions behind the wheel.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a high-speed accident, contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi. Our experienced personal injury lawyers have more than 80 years’ worth of experience fighting for the injured in New Jersey. We have successfully collected more than $300 million in verdicts and settlements for our clients, and we have the resources and experience to fight for you. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to speak with one of our experienced personal injury attorneys today.
Injuries in a Speeding Accident
Speeding is the third leading contributing factor in traffic accidents, surpassed only by distracted driving and driving under the influence. High speeds increase the risk of major property damage and serious injuries, such as:
- Catastrophic injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe burns
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Face injuries
- Scrapes, bruises, and lacerations
- Psychological injuries
After a serious accident, it is important to seek medical attention right away. Some injuries, such as concussions and internal bleeding, are not always apparent right away, making it extremely important to consult a medical professional. Plus, if you plan to file a personal injury claim, it is much easier to prove the extent of your injuries when you went to see a doctor immediately after the accident. If you delay going to the doctor by weeks or even days, an opposing attorney can argue that you were not really injured (or not injured badly enough to necessitate medical attention).
What Can You Win in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
If you are injured in an accident caused by a speeding driver, you could be eligible to recover money in a civil lawsuit. In order to prove your claim, you will have to prove three things: you were injured, the other driver acted carelessly, and the other driver’s carelessness was the direct cause of your injuries (whether the injuries are physical, financial, or emotional). Consulting an experienced personal injury lawyer is the best way to determine whether or not you have a claim against the other driver in your accident.
Damages in a personal injury case are divided into two categories: compensatory and punitive damages. The vast majority of personal injury cases deal exclusively with compensatory damages, which are designed to compensate the injured person for losses suffered as a result of the accident. Compensatory damages in a speeding accident could include:
- Current and future medical treatment: includes hospitalization costs, ongoing treatment expenses, rehabilitation costs, and any expected future medical expenses
- Lost wages: compensation for wages lost while out of work due to the accident, as well as decreased earning capacity in the future if the injuries will continue to affect the victim
- Property damage: compensation for damage to the victim’s car, clothing, or other personal effects as a result of the accident
- Loss of enjoyment of life: covers loss of enjoyment of day-to-day activities, recreation, hobbies, and exercise
- Pain and suffering: the physical and emotional pain caused by the accident, including the pain of the physical injuries and ongoing emotional trauma
- Emotional distress: the psychological effects of an injury, such as anxiety, sleep loss, or fear (typically awarded in severe accidents)
- Wrongful death: compensation for the family or estate of someone killed by a negligent driver
There is no cap on compensatory damages in the state of New Jersey. This means you are eligible to recover the full amount of damages, so long as you can prove the monetary value of your losses.
Punitive damages are awarded more rarely than compensatory damages. Punitive damages are designed to punish the negligent party for particularly egregious behavior, such as causing an accident on purpose. As such, they are only awarded in certain cases with unusual circumstances.
It is important to remember that there is a two-year statute of limitations on personal injury cases in New Jersey. In other words, you must file your claim within two years of the accident if you choose to do so. If you do not file a claim within two years, you will lose out on the right to compensation for the accident.
Contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi
Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi are proud to represent the injured throughout New Jersey and New York. Since opening our doors in 1974, we have been committed to the highest standards of excellence in personal injury litigation. Our million-dollar and multi-million-dollar settlements have earned us inclusion in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, of which fewer than 1 percent of U.S. lawyers are members. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi was named to U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firms list of 2013, and Michael Maggiano and Christopher DiGirolamo have received the highest possible ratings as car accident attorneys by the AVVO Lawyer Ratings service.
With more than 80 years’ worth of combined trial experience, we are prepared to investigate your claim and fight to hold the negligent party accountable for their actions. If you or a loved one has been injured in a speeding-related accident, contact us to discuss your legal options. Call (201) 585-9111 or contact us online to schedule your free and confidential consultation today.