Somerset County Motor Vehicle Accident Attorneys
Representing clients injured because of a motor vehicle accident
We face many of hazards while traveling through the state of New Jersey. Whether we are on the road, walking through town, or taking mass transit, we are all vulnerable to a certain degree of danger. The negligence of others is a large proponent of injury. When a person is involved in a motor vehicle accident, the results can be devastating. Motor vehicle accidents can include but are not limited to car accidents, motorcycle accidents, truck accidents, bus accidents, and train accidents. Even when a person is not behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, they can be injured in pedestrian accidents, bicycle accidents, and as passengers in a car. Taking legal action when injured in a motor vehicle accident depends greatly on negligence. If you were injured because of another driver’s negligence, you may have a case and our firm is ready to help. Siragusa Law Firm is a Somerset County personal injury law firm serving clients in New Jersey. If you need a firm to assess your case, guide you through your legal options, and fight for the maximum compensation allowed under the law, contact Siragusa Law Firm.
Automobile accidents are regular occurrences. Unfortunately, they happen because of a variety of reasons, including driver negligence, road conditions, and sometimes, just bad luck. New Jersey’s roads are congested and the drivers are some of the most aggressive in the country. When we travel on the highways and byways of our state, we are at risk of an accident. When an accident occurs, we could face varying degrees of injury. While some injuries show their impact immediately, others take years to affect the victim. If you are injured in a car accident, you may be wondering how your medical bills will be paid for and the possible deep financial burden you will face directly after an accident. Fear not. Part of your insurance premiums goes to Personal Injury Protection (PIP), New Jersey’s no-fault insurance. Directly after an accident and without regard to fault, your immediate medical bills and lost wages should be covered and you shouldn’t have to worry about a mounting financial issue.
Sometimes, PIP is not enough and it may be time to take legal action. There are two categories of compensation pertinent to lawsuits involving car accidents: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages (out-of-pocket expenses) include loss of income, medical bills, and other financial impacts to a person’s life. The other and more complex category of damages is non-economic damages, also known as “pain and suffering.” These damages could pay you for the pain you experienced, the impact on your quality of life, and how your life has changed or will change because of the accident.
Motorcycles are inherently dangerous. Much of the appeal of motorcycles is the risk taken when operating these vehicles. Most people enjoy feeling the freedom of motorcycles on the open road. New Jersey is a wonderful place to be a biker. With a wide variety of roads, there is something for everyone. While some enjoy the beach communities, others like the mountains and farmlands. When operating motorcycles in any part of the state, we are at risk for injury. One cannot ignore the fact that motorcycles are more dangerous than other vehicles. With little safety and high velocities, many motorcycle accidents end in tragedy. Motorcycle injuries and deaths have steadily risen over the last 10 years. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, it is important to understand what makes these accidents different than regular motor vehicle accidents.
For the most part, assigning negligence is no different in a motorcycle accident or a car accident. The difference lies in a biker’s insurance policy. Because motorcycles are more dangerous, most insurance policies exclude the addition of Personal Injury Protection (PIP), leaving a motorcyclist vulnerable to mounting medical bills and the impact of lost income. If you are injured in a motorcycle accident, you may need to file a lawsuit against the negligent party to protect yourself and your future from a serious financial burden.
Navigating the roads of New Jersey can be troublesome. Sharing the road with trucks can sometimes be overwhelming for some drivers. Trucks are large, hard to maneuver, and come with significant blind spots. With overworked drivers trying to meet their schedule in a truck that can weigh upwards of 80,000 lbs., truck accidents are frequent and can be devastating.
Truck accidents can occur for many reasons. For one, a truck driver’s work schedule can lead to negligence. Federal regulations on how long a truck can be on the road have led to drivers who both must abide by the restricting laws while satisfying their employer who wants no change in productivity. Driver aggression and fatigue are a major problem that can lead to problems. Another reason for truck accidents is visibility. Trucks are huge and come with substantial blind spots that limit the capacity of the driver to see vehicles at their immediate sides. Many incidents happen because a truck driver unintentionally pins a vehicle or runs it off the road. Another reason truck accidents occur is the distance necessary to come to a stop. Trucks often weigh upwards of 80,000 pounds with cargo. With a normal length of 45-65 feet, it would take a truck about 525 feet to come to a stop when moving at higher speeds. When trucks speed and don’t allow a safe distance between themselves and the car in front, accidents can happen.
Luckily, a person involved in a truck accident is probably covered under New Jersey’s Personal Injury Protection (PIP), providing support directly after an accident. With no regard to fault, PIP should cover medical bills and lost wages so the driver can get the care needed when needed most. If you need to recover damages, you may be able to sue the driver, the company, the manufacturer of the truck, and/or the manufacturer of the truck part that failed. With so much at stake and so many variables, it is important to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and legal options.
Mass Transit Accidents
Mass transit, including trains and buses, are a huge part of New Jersey. Millions of people use mass transit to get to and from one location to another. Whether commuters are traveling in and out of Manhattan or within the state, mass transit is an integral part of people’s lives. Using mass transit does come with a degree of risk. Though most commutes go without incident, there are cases where trains and buses lead to serious injury.
Buses share the same congested, aggressive roads of New Jersey as we do. When a bus is in an accident, the passengers can easily sustain injury. Buses do not come with safety restraints for sitting passengers, they allow people to stand in the aisles, and they make constant stops along the route. When a person is seriously injured on a bus, there are many variables to consider. Is the bus driver at fault? Was there a mechanical failure? Do I sue the driver, the company, or the manufacturer of the bus? With so much at stake, a bus accident deserves the attention of an attorney.
Train accidents are less common but can end in tragedy. Similarly, trains do not come with safety constraints for passengers and many stand for short rides. This being the case, train derailments, conductor negligence, and jarring starts and stops can be disastrous.
Knowing who to sue can be problematic. Depending on what caused the accident, you could sue the manufacturer of the vehicle or the part that caused the incident. In some cases, it may be best to see if the liable party is the government or a private company. Whatever the case, you are limited in the amount of time allotted to bring a suit and getting quality legal support is best.
Whether you bike to work or for recreation, bicycle use is growing exponentially. Bikes are a great way to get around, but they come with a serious risk. It is important to recognize the dangers cyclists face when sharing the road with trucks, buses, and other cars. With the rise of distracted driving, cyclists are in more danger every day.
If you are injured in a bicycle accident, you may be entitled to support through your Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, a part of your automobile insurance plan. If you do not have a car or car insurance, you may be covered under the negligent driver’s plan. Furthermore, if your injuries are severe, you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the negligent driver, recovering economic and non-economic damages.
Pedestrian accidents can be devastating. With no physical protection whatsoever, a person struck by a vehicle can be terribly hurt and even killed. Pedestrian accidents are like bicycle accidents in many ways. If you are injured as a pedestrian, you may be able to call upon your insurance policy for support. You may be entitled to file a PIP claim, covering your immediate medical bills and lost income, getting the help you need without worrying about the financial impact. If you do not have car insurance, you should be able to file a PIP claim against the driver’s insurance. If you need to file a lawsuit, you are limited in time. You can file a lawsuit to recover economic damages, pain and suffering, and your legal fees, in some cases. If you are injured in a pedestrian accident, contact our firm.
Contact an experienced Somerset County personal injury attorney
Being in a motor vehicle accident can be terrible. With so much at stake, it is important to consult with an attorney that has your best interest in mind. Siragusa Law Firm is an experienced Somerset County personal injury law firm fighting for clients injured by negligence across New Jersey. For a free consultation with our firm, contact Siragusa Law Firm today.