Heymann & Fletcher
August 18, 2021

New Jersey Car Accident Laws 

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According to the NJ Department of Transportation, in 2019, more than 270,000 car accidents resulted in injury.  Along with physical injuries like lacerations and broken bones, car accidents can also cause phycological pain and trauma. Personal injuries sustained from an accident often lead to expensive treatments and medical bills. Understanding your state's car accident laws will assist you in obtaining the proper compensation for your pain and suffering. Learn how New Jersey car accident laws impact your personal injury case.   

No-Fault State 

New Jersey is a no-fault state, meaning blame is not placed on anyone's driver for a car accident. If an injury was sustained in an accident, the driver typically must file a claim under their own car insurance to receive compensation for medical treatment. If you’re not at fault, you may be entitled to compensations for any loss of income, medical bills, vehicle repairs, pain, and suffering. Having a legal advisor is critical to obtaining much needed funds after an accident.  

Comparative Negligence 

Modified comparative fault in New Jersey determines the total amount of damages and percentage of responsibility for each party involved. Your total damages are divided by your determined percentage of responsibility to calculate your compensation. This rule applies to situations where both plaintiff's actions contributed to the accident, like speeding or running a stop sign. If you are more than 50% responsible for the accident, you will receive no compensation under New Jersey law.  

Accident Statute of Limitations 

Personal injury claims by a driver, passenger, or motorcyclist must be filed two years from the date of the crash. The two-year statute of limitations also applies to wrongful death claims. In most cases, an attempt to file after this deadline will result in dismissal and the end of your case. If your deadline is rapidly approaching, contact the trusted NJ personal injury accident attorneys at Heymann & Fletcher. Our attorneys will protect your legal rights and fight for fair compensation for your injuries. 

Injury from a car accident can change your life in an instant. If you or a loved one have sustained a personal injury from an NJ car accident, our attorneys are prepared to fight for you!  Ronald S. Heymann has proudly served Randolph and Northern New Jersey for more than 36 years with his Accident and Personal Injury law expertise. To schedule a free consultation with Ronald S. Heymann, give us a call at 973-895-4400or email at rheymann@hflawfirm.com.