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Car Accidents

With over 35,000 miles of public roads, New Jersey is the site of thousands of car accidents each year. The New Jersey Department of Transportation reports that 290,212 traffic accidents occurred in 2014 alone. That same year, 21,022 people died from passenger vehicle crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Unfortunately, many of these crashes were preventable and occurred due to someone else’s negligence. If you were involved in any type of car crash, contact a Haddon Heights car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Gosse. With more than three decades of experience, our team skillfully handles all types of personal injury claims arising from car accidents.

Types of Car Accidents

No matter what type of crash you were in, a car accident lawyer can help you determine fault and pursue the compensation you deserve. Some common types of car accidents are:

Rear-End Collisions: This type of car accident usually happens when a driver is following a vehicle that suddenly decelerates or brakes, causing the driver to crash into the vehicle in front of them.

Head-On Collisions: This type of crash occurs when two cars collide head on, resulting in serious, sometimes even fatal injuries.

Side-Impact Collisions: Also referred to as a “T-bone” collision, this type of accident occurs when a driver hits another vehicle on the side.

Vehicle Rollover Accidents: Most common among SUVs and other tall vehicles, this type of accident occurs when a vehicle flips onto its side or roof.

Sideswipe Collision: Sideswipes occur when two vehicles brush sides, usually when a driver has improperly drifted out of their lane or turned at an excessive speed.

Hit and Run Accidents: This happens when a driver involved in an accident leaves the scene without providing any identifying information.

Single-Car Accidents: Single-car accidents occur when only one car is involved in the accident; for example, when a driver runs into a tree or pole.

Multiple Vehicle Accidents: This type of accident involves more than one vehicle and is often referred to as a “pile up”.

Causes of Car Accidents

Even drivers who drive safely and obey all traffic laws may still be involved in a crash – car accidents are often caused by someone else’s negligent behavior. At the Law Office of Thomas J. Gosse, we are committed to holding negligent parties liable for the injuries and damage they caused. Some common causes of car accidents include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Drowsy driving
  • Speeding
  • Road/weather conditions
  • Failure to follow traffic laws (not stopping at stop sign, not yielding right of way)

Modified Comparative Negligence In New Jersey

New Jersey follows a modified comparative negligence standard, under which plaintiffs who were injured may recover damages if they were less than 50 percent responsible for the accident. Therefore, even if you were partially to blame for the accident (less than 50 percent), you will still be able to recover a reduced amount equal to your percentage of fault for the accident.

New Jersey No-Fault Insurance System

New Jersey also follows a no-fault insurance system. No-fault law requires those injured in auto accidents to first collect from their own insurance company through a Personal Injury Protection (PIP) claim, regardless of who caused the accident. These no-fault laws expedite recovery since insurance claims are usually processed much faster than lawsuits. In New Jersey, there are exceptions to the PIP system of recovery – injured parties may file a personal injury claim against the driver who caused the crash if the accident resulted in:

  • Dismemberment
  • Significant disfigurement/scarring
  • Displaced fractures
  • Loss of a fetus
  • Other permanent injuries
  • Death

Personal Injury Compensation

Compensation in personal injury cases will vary greatly depending on several factors, however generally plaintiffs may be entitled to damages for the cost of medical treatment, long-term care, lost wages, pain and suffering and emotional distress. A knowledgeable Haddon Heights car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gosse can help you navigate the complexities of the modified comparative standard, New Jersey’s no-fault system and other aspects of your personal injury case.

Contact a Haddon Heights Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gosse for Help with Your Personal Injury Claim

If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact an experienced Haddon Heights car accident lawyer at the Law Office of Thomas J. Gosse. We represent clients throughout New Jersey, including Camden County, Burlington County and the communities of Cherry Hill, Collingswood, Haddonfield and Moorestown. Submit an online contact form or call us at 856-546-6600 or toll-free at 800-989-1575 to discuss your case.