West New York Car Accident Lawyers
Accomplished Personal Injury Firm Gets Results for West New York Car Accident Victims
Motor vehicle accidents are one of the leading causes of injury not just in the state of New Jersey, but across the United States. In 2018, there were more than 278,000 car accidents in New Jersey, leaving 61,403 people injured.
With so many people driving throughout the Garden State, it is inevitable that accidents will occur. But in many cases, these accidents were preventable. Many accidents are caused because somebody behaved negligently while they were behind the wheel.
Injured accident victims have rights and the accident attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have been protecting those rights since 1963. Our personal injury firm is recognized as one of the most successful in the state of New Jersey. Our skilled legal team has secured more verdicts and settlements over one million dollars than any other law firm in the state.
What Kinds Of West New York Car Accidents Are Covered Under Personal Injury Law?
Personal injury law is a broad area of law that encompasses many different types of accidents, including car accidents. As long as it can be demonstrated that the accident was caused by someone’s negligent behavior, then accident victims have protection under personal injury law.
All types of car accidents are covered, including — but not limited to — any of the following:
- Fender benders
- Distracted driving car accidents
- DUI car accidents
- Wrong way driving accidents
- Uber and Lyft accidents
- T-Bone car accidents
- Head on collisions
- Rear end collisions
- Side impact collisions
- Hit and run car accidents
- Accidents with trucks
- Taxi accidents
- Accidents with pedestrians
- Accidents with bicyclists
- Accidents with motorcyclists
Car accident attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have decades of experience handling all types of car accident claims.
Determining Who Is At Fault For Your West New York Car Accident
When it comes to personal injury claims, the key component is negligence. Who is at fault for the accident? Who can be held accountable?
Negligent behavior can be demonstrated in a number of ways. In a car accident, negligence may be exhibited in the form of speeding, rapidly changing lanes, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (DUI), texting while driving or other distracted behavior, and more. Negligence must be proven and that can be quite challenging. In many instances, the at fault driver will argue that you are somewhat at fault for the accident.
If it is determined that you do, in fact, share some of the responsibility for the accident, then this will impact the compensation you may receive. The state of New Jersey follows “modified comparative fault rules”, which state that your damage award will be reduced by a percentage that directly reflects your level of responsibility for the accident.
To give an example, if you are 30 percent responsible for the accident, then your compensation will be reduced by 30 percent. So a damage award of $20,000 would then be reduced by 30 percent to $14,000. On the other hand, drivers who share more than 50 percent of the responsibility for an accident are unable to recover any compensation from the other at fault parties.
West New York Car Accident Victims May Receive Compensation For Accident Injuries And Other Losses
Injured accident victims may seek compensation for injuries and other losses, including — but not limited to — any of the following:
- Doctor bills
- Hospital bills
- Future medical expenses that stem from the accident
- Cost of surgeries
- Diagnostic imaging
- Laboratory tests
- Prescription drugs
- Emotional pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Lost income
- Lost future earning capacity
- Loss of earned sick time
- Loss of earned vacation time
When valuing losses that are immeasurable, such as loss of enjoyment of life or loss of companionship, the court will consider several factors to assign a monetary value. A skilled accident attorney will present your case and advocate on your behalf for the maximum compensation for your losses.
West New York Car Accident Claims Must Be Filed According to Legal Deadlines
All states have legal deadlines for filing claims in that state’s civil court, known as the statute of limitations. These deadlines vary from state-to-state, depending upon the type of claim. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim is two years from the date of the accident. Car accident claims must be filed before this deadline expires. Otherwise, the New Jersey court will dismiss your case and your opportunity to recover compensation for your injuries will have been lost.
Schedule A Free Case Evaluation For Your West New York Car Accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be wondering whether or not you have the foundation for a car accident claim. Are your injuries severe enough? Can you prove the other party caused the accident? At Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari, our car accident attorneys understand. That is why we provide accident victims with a free case evaluation.
Our well-recognized legal team will sit down with you to review the details of your accident and explain the injury claims process so that you can make an informed decision. No strings attached. To schedule a complimentary case evaluation, contact our office.
About West New York, New Jersey
West New York, New Jersey is situated in the northern part of Hudson County, resting on the New Jersey Palisades above the Hudson River. With the highest point in Hudson County, West New York is one of the most densely populated municipalities in both the United States as well as worldwide, and is home to approximately 53,787 residents.
Incorporated as a town in 1898, West New York experienced rapid growth in the early 1900s, driven by the development of textile industries. The Hudson Waterfront, which was known as Bulls Ferry since before the American Revolutionary War, has been redeveloped from industrial use to residential and recreational use.