Summit Car Accident Lawyers
One Of Most Successful Personal Injury Law Firms In New Jersey Advocates For Summit Car Accident Victims
Being involved in a car accident can be quite upsetting on many levels. In addition to physical injuries, mental anguish, and other losses, many accident victims want to hold the at fault party responsible. At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, we understand. Our firm has been protecting the rights of accident victims since 1963, holding accountable those individuals who are responsible for your accident.
The injury attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have been named Super Lawyers and among the Best Lawyers in America. In fact, our firm has been recognized as one of the most successful personal injury firms in the state, securing more verdicts and settlements over one million dollars than any other law firm in New Jersey.
Summit Car Accidents That Are The Result Of Negligence Are Covered Under New Jersey Personal Injury Law
When an individual or entity behaves negligently and causes an accident where someone got hurt, personal injury law provides protection for the accident victims. Negligence is central to all personal injury claims and must be proven.
Negligent behavior that may cause or contribute to a car accident can be exhibited in many ways, including — but not limited to — any of the following:
- Driving over the speed limit
- Driving while distracted, by texting or another action that takes their eyes off the road
- Reckless driving
- Rapidly weaving in and out of lanes
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI)
- Disregarding the safety of others
To determine whether your car accident claim meets the standard of legal negligence, it is best to consult with an experienced car accident attorney.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Recover For A Summit Car Accident?
When the victim of a car accident decides to file a personal injury claim — based on the fact that the accident was caused by someone else’s negligent actions — they may seek to recover compensatory damages. The purpose of compensatory damages is to restore the injured person to the condition they were in before the accident. Compensatory damages are not intended to penalize the party that is responsible for the accident.
Any of the following losses — and more — can be recovered by injured accident victims in their personal injury claim:
- Cost of medical treatment
- Expenses for hospital stays
- Expenses for surgical procedures
- Future expected medical bills that are a consequence of the accident
- Bills for diagnostic imaging including X-rays and CAT scans
- Cost of prescription medications
- Cost of rehabilitative treatment
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of life enjoyment
- Lost future earning capacity due to the injuries
- Loss of your quality of life
- Loss of income due to time away from work
- Loss of earned vacation time
- Loss of earned sick time
When seeking compensation for losses that are immeasurable, such as the loss of your quality of life, the New Jersey court will consider several factors to estimate and assign a monetary value for that loss. A respected injury attorney who is experienced in handling car accident claims can provide counsel regarding what types of compensation you may be entitled to recover and their value.
If I Am Partly To Blame For My Summit Car Accident, Can I Still Receive Compensation?
When an injured victim is partly to blame for their car accident, New Jersey’s “modified comparative fault” rules apply. These modified comparative fault rules provide that damage awards will be reduced by an amount that reflects the individual’s level of responsibility for the accident.
The following is an example of how New Jersey’s modified comparative fault rules apply when the victim is somewhat responsible for the accident. If, for example, it is determined that you are 20 percent responsible for your car accident, your compensation will be reduced by 20 percent, which reflects your portion of fault. A damage award of $60,000 would be reduced by 20 percent — which is $12,000 — for a total compensation of $48,000. However, if it is determined that the victim is more than 50 percent responsible, then they will not be able to recover any damages from the other at fault driver.
Injured In A Car Accident? We Work To Achieve The Best Possible Outcome In Your Summit Car Accident Claim
At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our dedication to protecting the rights of accident victims is evident by our work over the past 50 years — our firm has been fighting on behalf of accident victims since 1963. Our accomplished accident attorneys have been named Super Lawyers and Among the Best Lawyers in America. And our firm has been recognized as one of the most successful personal injury firms in the state.
We work to achieve the best possible outcome in your accident claim. Our car accident attorneys are available to meet with you, answer your questions, and provide a free case evaluation for your accident claim. That way you can make the most informed decision going forward. To arrange for a free confidential consultation with one of our accident attorneys, contact our office.
Founded in Newark, New Jersey, in 1929, Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari has offices in four convenient New Jersey locations including Chatham, Jersey City, North Bergen, and Sea Girt.
About Summit, New Jersey
Summit, New Jersey is a city located in Union County and is home to more than 21,000 residents. The region of Summit passed from Indian to Colonial possession in 1664.
Summit was originally incorporated as Summit Township in 1869, and then reincorporated as the city of Summit in 1899.
The earliest settlers in Summit arrived in approximately 1710, bringing Puritan heritage from the British Isles, New England, and Long Island. The Summit region was abundant in timber, which was used for building cabins, as well as rabbits, turkey, and a valley for growing corn and wheat. The nearby Passaic River was plentiful and served to facilitate transportation and trade in the area.