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When we get on the highways of New Jersey, we expect that our fellow motorists will drive with the care and skill expected of every motorist on the road. Unfortunately, some motorists display carelessness or recklessness behind the wheel. Whether it is a momentary distraction like reading a text on a cell phone, or how the motorist normally drives (like speeding and/or weaving in and out of traffic), negligent operation of a motor vehicle creates a significant risk for an accident. New Jersey is home to some of the busiest highways in the region and in the country, including the New Jersey Turnpike, the Garden State Parkway, Route 9, Route 35, Route 36, and Route 37. Negligent and reckless drivers on these busy roads put everyone in danger of serious, life-altering injuries.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a highway accident through no fault of your own, you need aggressive, knowledgeable legal representation on your side to give you the best chance at securing maximum compensation in your claim. For more than 70 years, the highway accident attorneys at Drazin & Warshaw have fought to obtain the best possible result for each of our clients. Contact us today to set up a free consultation to learn more about your legal rights and options following your highway accident.
Although highway accidents have numerous causes, most accidents are due to careless or negligent driving by one or more motorists on the highway. Some common causes of highway accidents include:
Other causes of highway accidents that don’t involve driver negligence include low lighting/nighttime driving, driving in adverse weather conditions such as fog or heavy rain or snow, snow or ice or standing water on the roadway, poor road conditions such as broken pavement and potholes, debris or trash on the roadway, animals who enter the highway, and design and manufacturing defects of vehicles or vehicle parts.
After you’ve been injured in a highway accident in New Jersey that wasn’t your fault, you deserve to be compensated for your injuries and for the damages you’ve suffered, including medical expenses, lost wages and income, lost quality of life, and pain and suffering. At Drazin & Warshaw, our highway accident attorneys hit the ground running in your case, leaving no stone unturned and pursuing every available avenue to get you maximum compensation. Our firm has the knowledge, skills, and resources needed to fully investigate your accident and secure the evidence necessary to build a strong, effective claim. We work with accident reconstruction experts, engineering experts, medical experts, and financial experts to show how your accident occurred and who was at fault for your accident, along with the extent of your injuries, the effect your injuries will have on your life moving forward, and the economic damages you’ve incurred. We also vigorously advocate on your behalf to help you secure compensation for the non-monetary damages you’ve suffered as a result of your injuries, such as lost quality of life or pain and suffering.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in an accident on one of the highways of New Jersey, such as the Garden State Parkway, the New Jersey Turnpike, Route 9, Route 37, Route 35, or Route 36, you deserve to seek compensation for your damages from the negligent driver or parties responsible for your accident. Contact the New Jersey highway accident lawyers at Drazin & Warshaw today to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss the details of your accident and to learn more about how our firm is prepared to fight on your behalf to get you the financial recovery and justice that you need and deserve.
Possibly yes. New Jersey uses a modified comparative negligence rule for highway accidents. Under this rule, an injured party may recover compensation so long as he or she is not more than 50 percent responsible for the accident and his or her injuries. If the injured party does bear some fault (but less than 50 percent), his or her recovery must be reduced by his or her percentage of fault. For example, if an injured plaintiff has incurred $100,000 in damages from a highway accident and is found to be 30 percent at fault for the accident, his or her recovery must be reduced by 30 percent, or $30,000, to account for his or her share of fault.
If the other driver lacks auto insurance, he or she likely doesn’t possess significant financial assets that you could recover from in a lawsuit. However, you may still be entitled to seek compensation under your own insurance’s uninsured motorist coverage. Uninsured motorist coverage provides compensation to an insured person who is injured by another driver without insurance (or by a hit-and-run driver), usually up to the same coverage limit as the insured’s bodily injury liability coverage. You will need to follow your insurance company’s requirements in order to be eligible to receive uninsured motorist benefits. An experienced attorney can explain and help you to understand your options with respect to your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage.