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Best Car Accident Lawyers
Looking for the best car accident lawyers in NJ? If so, you need an attorney who understands your pain and frustration. You need someone with experience handling complex claims. Finally, you need someone with access to powerful legal resources to fight for you.
That is what you get when you contact Morgan and Morgan for a free case evaluation. While so many law firms and attorneys offer legal representation for accident victims in this state, we are the largest personal injury law firm in New Jersey and the entire nation. Read on to learn more about how we can help.
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Why Morgan and Morgan?
Most law firms or attorneys claim to be the best at what they do, but only a few live up to the expectations. Here is why Morgan and Morgan is among the few.
We Are the Largest Personal Injury Law Firm in the United States
Morgan and Morgan is the largest personal injury law firm in the United States. But we did not achieve this status overnight; it took years of hard work, dedication, and fierce fights against the big bullies in the industry, mostly insurance companies.
We Have Powerful Legal Resources to Fight for You
Because we are the country's largest personal injury law firm, we have the resources to fight for you. A law firm with powerful legal resources can significantly increase your chances of obtaining favorable results.
When a car accident attorney has access to powerful resources, including but not limited to legal technology, a team of paralegals, and experts in fields such as finance, accident reconstruction, medical, etc., they will likely build a strong case to fight for your rights and best interests.
On the contrary, a law firm lacking powerful legal resources will likely conduct shoddy investigations, miss crucial details, and jeopardize your claim. Ultimately, you may settle for less than what you truly deserve.
We Have the Results to Show
Results matter when it comes to personal injury cases. At Morgan and Morgan, we are not one of those law firms that focus more on marketing than actually practicing law. To prove this, check out our most recent results. So far, we have helped our clients recover more than $13 billion as compensation for their injuries.
What Damages Can Morgan and Morgan Lawyers Help Recover After a Car Accident?
Each case is different. For this reason, the damages we might be able to recover will depend on the specifics of the case. Generally, if the circumstances of your case allow, you may be able to recover compensatory damages and punitive damages.
What Are Compensatory Damages?
Compensatory damages are designed to make you feel 'whole' after an accident. In this context, the term 'whole' refers to the situation you would have been in before the accident.
These damages are usually split into two: economic and non-economic damages.
What Are Economic and Non-Economic Damages, and How Do They Relate to My Case?
Economic damages are designed to help you recover the money you spent to cover expenses caused by the accident's aftermath. Examples include medical bills, transportation costs, medical equipment costs, caregiving costs, etc.
Another thing you need to know is that economic damages are not only restricted to 'costs and expenses.' Rather, you can claim the money you lost due to the accident. For example, let's say you could not work while recovering from the injuries you sustained. In that case, you can claim the wages you lost during that time.
You can also file a loss of earning potential claim to seek compensation for the financial opportunities you lost due to the accident. For instance, if you were a professional model and suffered career-ending injuries, you could claim part of the money you would have made had it not been for the accident.
Non-economic damages do not involve loss of money. However, compensation for these damages is usually offered in the form of money. Examples of non-economic damages include pain and suffering, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, and permanent disfigurement.
What Are Punitive Damages and How Do They Work in NJ?
Punitive damages are designed to punish the defendant for their gross negligence or recklessness. Each state has unique laws regarding punitive damages. In New Jersey, you can collect punitive damages of up to five times the amount of compensatory damages or $350,000, whichever is greater.
What Are Some Examples of Punitive Damages in a Car Accident?
Not every car accident occurs due to negligence. If negligence is the only reason the accident occurred, then the plaintiff might only be able to collect compensatory damages. However, some accidents occur due to other factors, such as 'gross' negligence and recklessness.
It is important to note that in this context, gross negligence is not the same as negligence. The former refers to a situation where the defendant is extremely negligent, usually beyond reasonable standards.
For instance, in the case of a car accident, let's say the driver who hit you had left the driver's seat, moved to the back seat, and then went live on social media to show their friends their latest stunt. This is considered gross negligence worthy of punitive damages.
Now let's look at a standard level of negligence. Let's say you got hit by a drunk driver whose blood alcohol content was slightly over the state's limit. Although drunk driving is considered negligence, chances are such a situation would not qualify as gross negligence or reckless driving.
How Long Do I Have to File a Car Accident Lawsuit in New Jersey?
In New Jersey, you have up to two years from the date of the injury to file a car accident lawsuit. If you do not file the lawsuit within two years of the injury, you will automatically lose your right to sue.
Two years is such a short time to build a strong case, so you need to speak with an attorney immediately if you or your loved one gets injured in an accident.
The Insurance Company Has Offered to Settle My Case — Should I Accept the Offer?
Accepting a settlement offer from an insurance company is not advisable, especially without legal representation. Insurance companies are not what they seem in TV commercials; they play games you may not be aware of until it is too late.
The initial claim from an insurance company does not usually reflect the actual value of a case. This is because they want to test whether you will be willing to settle for less than what you truly deserve. Unfortunately, many people fall for this trick only to discover that they are entitled to more than what they accepted.
Speak to a Morgan and Morgan car accident attorney before accepting a settlement offer. You have nothing to lose when you contact us. We offer a free, no-obligation case evaluation.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire Morgan and Morgan Car Accident Lawyers?
Of the greatest benefits of hiring Morgan and Morgan is that we will not charge you upfront to take on your case. Rather, we provide our legal services on a contingency basis.
This means that you will not pay us anything unless we win. Here is why.
When you get injured in a car accident, you will likely not be in a position to take care of yourself and your loved ones. This is especially true if you cannot work either because you are injured or you have to stay home to care for a loved one. Such an accident can throw you off balance.
You will have medical expenses to deal with. Your bills will keep piling up, and your frustration will grow each day.
Remember, your landlord will not stop demanding rent just because you got injured in a car accident. Likewise, the local utility company will not stop sending you bills even though you cannot work. Because you need food on your table and a roof over your head, and on top of that, the best car accident attorney, our goal is to make this process less stressful for you.
Thanks to our contingency payment system, you can hire the best car accident lawyers in NJ from the country's largest personal injury law firm without spending any money out of your pocket.
So what's the catch? The truth is, there is no catch. When we win the case, we will deduct our legal fees from the settlement amount, usually between 30 to 40 percent of the settlement.
I Do Not Want to Pay Legal Fees. Can I File a Lawsuit Without an Attorney?
Yes, you can file a claim or lawsuit without an attorney. However, the cons of filing such a case without legal assistance outnumber the pros by a considerable margin.
To put things into perspective, it is essential to understand that car insurance laws in NJ are complex. And when filing a claim or lawsuit, you do not expect the defendant to guide you when you make mistakes. Instead, they will sit back and watch you jeopardize your own case because the more you ruin your chances of securing compensation, the better it is for them.
For instance, the insurance policy will determine what you can or cannot sue for. This seems like basic knowledge until you dig deeper into it and realize there is more to decipher.
A good example is the “tort threshold” issue that often pops up in these cases. You cannot file a pain and suffering claim if your policy limits your tort threshold. This rule is also accident-specific. For example, you may be able to claim pain and suffering if you were injured by commercial vehicles, even if your policy limits your tort threshold.
The bottom line is that car accident cases are complex. There is no one-fits-all approach to these cases. Each case requires a unique legal strategy.
Aside from devising a legal strategy and deciphering complex laws, our attorneys can help assess your damages, gather strong evidence, fill out crucial paperwork, keep up with tight deadlines, and so on. When you look at it from the bigger picture, hiring a car accident lawyer is much cheaper and more convenient than pursuing compensation without legal assistance.
We Will Fight for You When No One Else Can
Car accidents can change your life forever. It is even worse if you do not take the right steps. And when it comes to matters concerning financial compensation for your injuries, even the people responsible for the accident will walk away from you in your hour of need. That is why you need Morgan and Morgan.
Our compassionate car accident lawyers in NJ can fight for you in these difficult times. We can handle the stress of dealing with insurance companies because that is all we do daily.
Ready to get started? Fill out our free case evaluation form or call our NJ offices at (908) 450-8000.