Every year, an estimated 2.3 million people are injured, and roughly 32,000 people are killed, on United States roadways. That makes vehicle accidents one of the most common personal injury cases across the nation.
In fact, car accidents are so common that many drivers think that they can handle their accidents and personal injury cases on their own. However, this is a huge mistake that can result in lower recovery or no recovery at all.
There are millions of car accidents in the United States every year, but your accident isn’t just a statistic – and we’ll never treat it like one.
At Schibell & Mennie, LLC, our experienced car crash attorneys have been handling claims for decades. Our lawyers can discuss your case with you today.
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The average person in the United States experiences a total of three or four car accidents over their lifetime. Most people file a collision claim only once every 18 years.
This means you probably have far less experience than an insurance company when it comes to dealing with an accident. Insurance companies often take advantage of this uneven playing field.
You can accidentally end up making a statement to your insurance company or the other driver’s insurance company that can decrease or eliminate your personal injury claim. Having someone guide you through this process from the very beginning can be an invaluable resource.
Don’t let the insurance company trick you into saying something that you did not mean! Call an experienced and aggressive New Jersey car accident attorney.
The majority of vehicle accident cases are evaluated based on a theory of “negligence.” Negligence is a legal term that generally means carelessness or recklessness.
To prove negligence in a vehicle accident case, you have to have the following four components:
2. Breach of that Duty
The duty portion is that the other driver has a duty to you as another car on the road, as a bicyclist, and even as a pedestrian. His or her duty is to drive in a reasonably safe manner given the conditions of the road. As long as the car was on the road and you were nearby, this element is relatively easy to satisfy in a vehicle accident case.
The test of whether an individual breached that duty is always based on reasonableness. For example, would a reasonable person driven the way that this particular driver did in the same set of circumstances? If the answer is no, then chances are the driver breached his or her duty of care to the other drivers on the road and those around them.
The causation portion is showing that the vehicle accident did in fact cause your injuries. You cannot claim damages for any injuries that did not result from the accident. They do not have to be a direct result in most cases, but there should be a link between the damage and the accident.
Lastly, you must have also suffered damages. If you were injured because of the accident, this last prong is generally pretty easy to satisfy.
While proving these elements may seem straightforward, they actually require a lot of investigation and legal analysis. The vehicle accident attorneys at Schibell & Mennie, LLC can help with this process.
You must act quickly if you want to assert a legal claim after your vehicle accident. For many of our clients, by the time they realize that they might have a legal claim, the clock has almost run out.
Under New Jersey law, you have a limited amount of time in which to file a car accident claim. The insurance company may make you an offer to settle your case, but you are unlikely to receive the full value of your claim.
Don’t wait to see what the insurance company will offer you to settle your claim. Their first priority is their profit, not your quality of life. You may be entitled to more compensation than you originally thought. By hiring a reputable personal injury lawyer, you’re ensuring your best interest is the main goal.
Call Schibell & Mennie, LLC to learn how we can help you today.
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