Proving Fault in a New Jersey Car Accident
New Jersey is a "choice state," which means that drivers may choose no-fault insurance or a standard policy that allows them to sue an at-fault driver following a car accident. With New Jersey no-fault insurance it is typically only possible to file a lawsuit if the injuries suffered are severe and the damages suffered exceed the limits of the victim’s insurance policy. In such cases, it may be necessary to prove fault for the crash. If the injured victim has chosen a basic insurance policy, it may be necessary to prove fault even following a minor collision.
Proving fault is relatively easier when one of the drivers is cited for the crash by the authorities. Driving while intoxicated, running a red light and speeding are all forms of driver negligence that may result in a citation or arrest. A driver does not, however, need to be cited for an accident to be held civilly liable for the damages suffered.
Many car accidents involve partial liability shared between two drivers. In such cases, both drivers may share the costs of the injuries suffered. A determination must be made as to whether both drivers share equal responsibility or if one driver was more responsible for causing the crash. These are examples of cases where having an experienced and knowledgeable Princeton vehicle accident lawyer on your side could make a significant difference in the type of compensation you receive.
The skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys of Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims of New Jersey car accidents obtain fair and full compensation for the injuries, damages and losses they have sustained. Please contact us at 609-240-0040. We will examine the facts and circumstances of your case and help you determine the best course of action.