Physical Therapy after an Accident in NJ

The three most common reasons for physical therapy are falls, auto accidents, and sports injuries.

Physical Therapy after an Accident in NJWhile people suffer accidents daily, tripping up a curb, banging a head on an open cabinet door, or jamming a leg against the corner of a low table, many serious injuries require a physical therapist’s help. Physical therapists treat serious and non-serious injuries alike, as injury can occur wherever you go, home, work, roadways, and stores. But when you cannot sleep, work, or grocery shop because you have too much pain to tend to daily activities, you need rehabilitative pain relief and restoration of healthy muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bones. Restorative therapy includes strength, endurance, and flexibility.

When you slip on a slick surface or fall from a height, you may end up with sprains, bruises, cuts, and fractures. After visiting your doctor for a health evaluation, you may get a referral to a physical therapist to treat specific areas of the body, for instance, the back, neck, head, arms, and legs. Depending on how you feel, you may experience pain not only in the area directly impacted with the hard floor in the supermarket slip and fall, like the knees but also the neck and shoulders from bracing for the fall. In many accidents, the neck, back, and shoulders are jolted from impact but also tensing up in anticipation of impact and protecting the head. Whiplash is common in many types of accidents.

Physical Therapy after Car Accidents

Take car accidents, for instance. Of the millions of car accidents annually, whiplash is one of the more common resulting injuries. A driver may see the oncoming car or swerving vehicle into their lane and tense their arms, grip the steering wheel, clench their jaw, and stiffen their neck. When the impact occurs, all muscles, joints, nerves, and ligaments associated with those body parts suffer various degrees of stretching, straining, and tearing. Much depends on the severity of the impact. But car accidents may also include cuts from shattered glass, bruises from airbags deploying, internal injuries from being crushed or blunted with the steering wheel, windshield, or other car parts, and spinal cord and brain injuries from blunt trauma. Therapy may last for months for serious car accidents to get pain relief and mobility recovery.

Needing Physical Therapy for Sports and Workplace Injuries in NJ

And common sports injuries include muscle and ligament tears, like ACLU injuries, pulled muscles, sprained ankles, and shoulder, groin, and knee injuries. Whether a professional or recreational athlete, sports injuries are common reasons for physical therapy. Common workplace accidents and overuse injuries also necessitate physical therapy and continued treatment to manage and improve the areas of difficulty, whether the back, knee, neck, shoulder or another area of the body.

Importance of Physical Therapy in your Recovery Process

Importance of Physical Therapy on your Recovery Process Whatever the reason for your visit, physical therapy can help you recover faster, in many cases, returning to your pre-accident strength and mobility or improved daily functioning at the very least. Moreover, PT may help with the residual effects of an injury, like stiffness, overcompensation, and imbalance. When healing from a painful knee injury, you may develop tightness, stiffness, and overuse injury to the leg with the healthy knee. That may affect your balance and ability to walk for long periods. Physical therapists can help you overcome the long-term or secondary effects of injuries, for example, preventing a fall due to imbalance after a knee injury.

A further reason for physical therapy after an accident is pain management. With physical therapy, patients may forego or reduce the number of pain killers they need to cope with daily functioning. Physical therapy or PT builds strength and taps into natural pain relief by making space between bone and tissue that compress a nerve. Physical manipulation of the muscles and joints plus massage and nerve stimulation can provide natural pain relief rather than the temporary relief of opioids. Besides that, getting stronger with safe exercises improves a patient’s mood to make recovery quicker.

What if I can’t afford a Physical Therapist for accident injuries?

Every injured person wants to recover quicker and return to their lives before their accident. Financially, physical therapy may not be available to everyone, though most insurance policies cover it as medical treatment. However, if your accident resulted from another’s negligence, the costs of PT and all medical expenses may be within the responsible party’s insurance coverage or still their liability. In fact, many medical providers will take a lien against your future recovery if you are unable to pay for PT when you need it.

When lodging a personal injury claim against the responsible party and often their insurer, an accident victim totals all costs from medical to lost wages and out-of-pocket expenses for past, present, and future diagnosis and treatment of injuries due to the accident. By law, you are entitled to compensation for your losses to make you whole or place you in the pre-accident financial condition. At the time of settlement of your claim, you may reimburse your medical providers for treatment, or reimburse yourself for all of the money spent on previous medical care.

To prove your injuries and need for treatment are real to an insurer or a judge, you can show that physical therapy helped in the past and continues to help with the long-term effects of the accident. In that way, you can claim future costs of therapy in your accident claim and show that you are serious about your recovery as you follow doctor’s orders. An insurer or the negligent party may try to downgrade your injuries as minimal and your medical treatment as overstated. However, showing a consistent dedication of time to treatment and healing with PT can bolster your claim that you were injured to the extent you claim, and the documented PT details the treatment necessity and progress.

A NJ personal injury attorney is your antidote to incomplete or unconvincing claims.

Need an Attorney for personal injury physical therapy claim NJFortunately, you do not have to suffer the effects of an injury and, at the same time, pursue a claim with an adversarial insurance company or responsible party by yourself. You must carefully prepare and pursue a personal injury claim. Insurance company adjusters and defense attorneys get paid to cast doubt and skepticism on personal injury claims. They look for over-billing and unnecessary treatment, and any other costs to pare down from a claim. Fighting for your claim while you are treating for painful injuries is tough.

Concerned about Covering the Costs of Physical Therapy for your Injury Case in New Jersey? Leave it all to the experienced attorneys KCR

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson deal with injury claims all the time and know the in’s and out’s of proving accident claims to get you compensated. No matter what the source of your injury requiring continue physical therapy and costing heavily in medical treatment, along with your mental and physical health, count on our legal team to tirelessly seek the compensation you deserve.

At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson we frequently assist clients throughout Trenton, and Mercer County, including East Windsor, Ewing, Hamilton, Hightstown, and Lawrence. Call 609-528-2596 as soon as you are able after an accident to discuss your options and what can be done on your behalf.

Auto Insurance Companies Now Held to Strict Deadlines on Disclosing Policy Limits in NJ

A New Jersey Law Expedites the Process of Finding out Insurance Limits after an Accident

Policy Limits Disclosure for Auto Accidents

A car accident can stall your life plans. Even if all involved parties cooperate and leave the scene, this may not occur without one or both parties experiencing significant injuries. Not only does your world feel more unsafe by the jolt to your car and your belief that safe driving prevents accidents, but the aftermath can be grueling too. You have so many things to do to get yourself back to the life you had before you had the accident. First, if you are injured, you must see a doctor, undergo treatment and recovery plan, and suffer pain and disruption in your daily activities. Maybe you cannot work for a time. Then, there is the insurance side of the equation. You must contact your insurance company, which will open a claim. The follow-up may be a recorded statement, sending signed statements, and forwarding photos of your vehicle. And if your car needs repairs, you must bring your vehicle in and perhaps rent one while it is in the mechanic’s shop.

If you are not responsible for the accident, you most likely want and expect the responsible party or insurer to pay for your damages, including medical bills, repair bills, lost income, and pain and suffering damages. But insurance companies are often slow and reluctant to pay. They want to make sure that liability is clear and the damages claim is reasonable. All too often, insurance companies stall and impede the progress of a claim by withholding information from the other party, like policy limits. Policy limits include the insured’s maximum coverage amounts for bodily and property damages. Typically, the insurer obligated to pay wants to keep the total payout as low as possible. In contrast, the victim wants the settlement amount to be as high as possible, given the range of what is possible for a particular accident. So, the insurer’s goal in withholding policy limits is to keep the claimant from knowing the true amount of financial compensation that may be available to them.

Are insurance companies required to disclose policy limits?

Withholding policy limits does nothing but delay what an attorney can eventually get from the insurance company by litigation or legal pressuring tactics. For instance, a plaintiff who files a lawsuit against the responsible party has the right to discovery, meaning all the evidence applicable to the case, like police reports, medical bills, property damage records, and insurance policy information, among other evidence. But the driver who was not at fault for the accident should not have to file a lawsuit to discover the responsible party’s policy limits covering the accident. Thus, Governor Murphy recently signed a measure into law, mandating insurers to reveal policy limits to an attorney who asks for them.

The law, S-1558/A-3444, gives insurers 30 days to provide written notice of an insurer’s personal automobile insurance policy limits to a requesting attorney. The insurer must reveal policy limits to all policies the insured holds upon an attorney demanding the information. The attorney is then obligated to keep that information confidential. The legislation aims to expedite automobile accident claim resolutions and eliminate unnecessary lawsuits. Attorneys file personal injury lawsuits on behalf of injured clients in New Jersey, for which they must obtain policy limits information, as well as when a case has not settled before the statute of limitations tolls, meaning before the latest time for filing a lawsuit runs out. The new law reduces the number of lawsuits that attorneys must file due to settlement delays.

Personal injury attorneys and prospective clients generally welcome the new law, which went into effect in July 2021.

How much can policy limits impact your caseWe, as experienced personal injury lawyers, understand that knowing how much the responsible party’s policy covers is crucial to settling a personal injury claim in our clients’ best interests. This information is highly informative when it comes to a potential settlement amount or settlement figure that may be obtained from the insurer. It also eliminates the necessity of filing an underinsured claim with an individual’s own insurance company if the other party’s insurance does not fully cover the accident damages. Overall, the new law allows more efficiency in the personal injury claim process.

Unsurprisingly, insurers and their representatives believe the law is unnecessary. Attorneys can get policy limits without the law, and those accident victims with more damages than the responsible party’s policy covers must file a lawsuit regardless. However, proponents of the bill argue that the law will cut down on unnecessary lawsuit filings and, in turn, motivate more attorneys to take cases they may not otherwise accept if they anticipate having to file a lawsuit to settle a claim.

How much can Policy Limits affect your Case?

If another driver caused your injuries in an automobile accident, you would benefit from this new law. Settling a personal injury claim is a matter of adding up all the damages you incurred from the accident once the insurer establishes fault. If the other driver or drivers in an accident caused the accident, you want to know if they are insured and for how much, to formulate your best plan of action. For example, if you injured your back and neck in the accident, you may need to see a doctor and physical therapist for treatment over several weeks. In addition, your car may need repairs. If, after completing your treatment and repairing your car, your total damages, including compensation for lost wages, pain, and suffering, and attorney’s fees, is below the typical policy limits, you can settle your claim easier than if your damages exceed those limits. But understand that most auto insurance policies cover $15,000.00 for bodily injuries to one person or $30,000.00 for more than one person.

As such, an attorney who knows the policy limits can better guide their client in what they can expect as a settlement amount, if any, and the time it will take to resolve. Without knowing the policy limits, an attorney cannot fully advise their client as to whether an insurance company’s settlement offer is even remotely fair or does not cover all the client’s damages. Often, people without attorneys representing them may settle for less than what they want or deserve because their damages totals are high, the policy coverage is low, and the cost of filing a lawsuit and waiting out the year or more it takes to go through the legal system seems like it’s not worth it. The numbers must make sense in the big picture of settlements versus lawsuits. Still, it is highly advisable to have a knowledgeable lawyer review your case before deciding how best to proceed. In some cases, the accident is grave enough that the plaintiff has no choice but to sue the responsible driver when the policy limits are too low to cover even a fraction of the damages. These decisions of filing suit or not underscore the necessity for knowing the policy limits.

If your accident and subsequent injuries occurred within the last two months, you might benefit from this new law when planning to pursue a claim for motor vehicle accident compensation. To be sure, you should speak to a personal injury attorney about the new law, how it affects your claim, and what you can expect once you know the coverage for your accident.

Contact our Personal Injury Attorneys for Guidance with Your Case

Personal injury cases can be complicated, so you will need a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to take you through all the possibilities to resolving your auto accident injury claim.

At Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson, we have represented clients in Hamilton, Lawrence, Bristol, Willingboro, Greenwood, Wilbur, and the greater Mercer County Area. We can properly guide you in the entire process of pursuing compensation for a motor vehicle accident.

Get in contact with us at 609-528-2596 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss specifics of your accident, understand the new updates in the law, and the potential for obtaining compensation if someone else was at fault.

Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Cases in NJ

Though businesses and life, in general, are opening up lately, COVID-19 will have long-lasting effects on the courts and all the entities involved in a personal injury claim.

Impact of COVID-19 on Personal Injury Cases in NJIf you’ve been harmed in a car accident, in a slip and fall in a grocery store, or in any other circumstance where some other person or entity caused you injury on their property or anywhere else in New Jersey, you have the right to seek compensation for the medical bills, pain, and suffering that you endure by filing a personal injury claim.

There are some aspects of the courts, insurance companies, and businesses that have changed because of COVID-19, and that you need to be aware of under the unique circumstances. Know what to expect as you pursue your claim.

Is There a Limitation on When I Can File My Claim?

First and foremost, you need to be aware that the clock is ticking. You do not have unlimited time to file your claim.

Every state in the U.S. places a limit on how much time you can take to file a personal injury claim. The law that places this limit is known as a statute of limitations.

New Jersey’s statute of limitations for personal injury cases allows a person injured by a person or an entity two years to file a claim. Generally, the clock on that claim starts ticking on the day of the accident.

Though you may want to wait to collect all the doctor’s bills that accrue because of your injury, you must also keep in mind that if you don’t get your claim filed before two years is up, the courts will probably refuse to put your case on the docket. Your ability to gain compensation for your pain, suffering, and lost wages will, most likely, be lost unless there is an unusual circumstance that the court believes extends the deadline.

Don’t wait to file your claim because of COVID-19.

And don’t wait to file your claim because you feel that you don’t have enough money to pay legal fees. Remember that personal injury lawyers work on a contingency basis. They only get paid if the case is won.

My Personal Injury Case

Even during the height of the pandemic, when people mostly stayed home, there were still car accidents and slips and falls at grocery stores. Now that the economy and businesses are opening up, it’s unfortunate but likely that even more of these incidents will occur.

Pandemic or not, if you’ve suffered an injury that is not your fault, there are a few principles that you should follow:

·        Take pictures early on and steadily thereafter.

·        Keep a pain log daily that will document all that you endured.

·        Get a medical evaluation immediately. Go to all your medical appointments.

·        Documentation is key. It greatly improves your odds of getting compensation.

·        Never speak with any person from the insurance company, including adjusters, before speaking to a personal injury lawyer.

How Does the Pandemic Affect My Case?

How Does the Pandemic Affect My Case?Even though restrictions have eased, COVID-19 is still having a profound effect on personal injury claims in four broad areas:

Insurance companies.

They are worried about lower profits because of the pandemic, and they are aggressive in reducing settlements. They may try to take advantage of the fact that people might be more desperate because of lost wages due to the pandemic, and they are likely to low-ball their first offer. People should not just leap at the first offer from an insurer because it probably won’t reimburse them for medical bills, pain and suffering. As both sides dig in, more personal injury cases may wind up before a judge than usual.

Businesses.

Due to COVID-19, more businesses than usual are filing for bankruptcy. This means that compensation you might have been able to gain from them will be reduced to pennies on the dollar.

Courts.

New Jersey courts shut down and moved all proceedings onto technology platforms like Zoom because of COVID-19. Courts in New Jersey began to open up on June 22, 2021, but many hearings and procedures are still being conducted online. This means that personal injury cases might not be settled as quickly as they would in normal circumstances. Most PI cases get settled before trial, but many cases get at least one hearing in court, at least before a settlement is reached. Expect delays in getting your case settled.

Uninsured drivers.

Due to financial hardship during COVID-19, some drivers may have stopped paying for car insurance. This may complicate things for the victim of a car accident since they can’t be compensated by the driver’s insurance company. The victim may need to pursue compensation via the uninsured/underinsured driver policy through their insurer. A victim needs to be mindful that, in this instance, their insurer becomes an adversary and will resist paying. This kind of claim may be highly contested; the help of an attorney may be essential.

Don´t hesitate in contacting our Personal Injury Lawyers for a Free Consultation

If you feel that you have the potential for a personal injury claim, please call Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson today. Our capable personal injury lawyers can fight for you with the insurance companies trying to take advantage of people in desperate straits because of COVID-19. You will need the guidance of experienced attorneys to get the best possible settlement for you and your family.

You can reach us at 609-528-2596 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation to discuss your individual needs and concerns.

How Long Will It Take to Get a Settlement Check After A Personal Injury Accident in NJ?

So you agreed to a personal injury settlement, now how long do you have to wait for the payment to actually come?

How Long Will It Take to Get a Settlement Check After A Personal Injury Accident in NJ?

If you or someone close to you were the victim of someone’s negligence or has suffered a traumatic personal injury, there is no doubt some anxiousness about when you can get your settlement check to get the compensation you deserve and move on with rebuilding your life. As you patiently await the finalization of your claim, your bills and related medical expenses may be causing additional stress and uncertainty, and you may be tempted to take the insurance company’s quick settlement offer. Having an experienced and knowledgeable attorney on your side who can protect your rights, negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf, and help expedite your compensation for losses and your pain and suffering, is invaluable.

The personal injury lawyers at Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson will collect and organize all the available evidence to support your claim, including medical records of your injuries and necessary treatment, an analysis of the circumstances that preceded the event, and any photographic or video documentation of the incident. By constructing a compelling argument on your behalf, we diligently work towards obtaining just compensation for you or your loved one. No matter what personal injury case has negatively impacted you and those you love, costing you time, money, and the intangible emotional and physical trauma of the accident, you can place your trust in our talented team of personal injury lawyers who can help.

Contact our Trenton and Pennington, New Jersey offices at (609) 528-2596 to discuss your case with a member of our personal injury legal team at no cost. As always, we take the majority of cases on contingency. This means, if we don’t win, you don’t pay.

Four Steps You Can Expect Before You Receive Your Princeton, NJ Injury Settlement Check

Before any checks are issued:

  1. The defendant’s insurance company will ask you to sign a release stating you will not seek future legal action against them about this particular personal or accident injury case. This means that the settlement you accept (and decide not to pursue a trial of some kind) needs to fully and fairly cover all of your damages, both present, and future.
  2. Then there is the waiting period in which the insurance company processes the release form, which depending on the amount, can be fairly quick or a longer process intended to wear you down into accepting less than you deserve.
  3. After the insurance company issues a check, your attorney will deposit the check in an escrow or trust account and pay off any existing liens (i.e., child support), creditors, medical provider, or related unpaid expenses.
  4. Later, after the deduction of your legal fees (which may be a percentage of your settlement or an hourly fee plus expenses) and other costs such as for expert witnesses, investigators, depositions, court fees, or taxes, you can expect to receive a settlement check in the mail with a final legal fee statement and a copy of the final settlement agreement; which you signed after settlement negotiations.

Even if the liability seems straightforward, it can take up to six weeks or longer to receive an accident injury settlement check if the case is complex or the insurer tries to delay the process.

At Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson (KCR), our team of personal injury attorneys has both experienced trial attorneys and skilled negotiators who are committed to securing you the maximum compensation you need and deserve, while also remaining attuned to your immediate financial needs and concerns. We fight tirelessly throughout the legal process of your claim, while staying focused on the timeline so that we do everything we can to avoid unanticipated delays in you receiving payment from the negligent party or parties. We are prepared to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and, if necessary, fight for you in court.

Top 6 Reasons Why Your Mercer County, NJ Personal Injury Settlement Is Delayed

Circumstances differ depending on the unique elements of your case. Although it’s fairly common for delays to occur if you’re waiting to receive your personal injury settlement, there are multiple reasons why this could be taking longer than expected.

It could be something as simple as the other party not signing off on their release form. If an estate or multiple parties are being sued for damages, sorting out the particulars could take longer, as it could require additional preparation or more paperwork.

Here are six (6) common reasons why your personal injury settlement may take longer:

  • legal or factual problems related to the case,
  • dispute determining liability,
  • severity of the injuries,
  • injury victim is still being treated for accident-related injuries,
  • the case involves a large sum of money, or
  • the case is going to trial.

Top 6 Reasons Why Your Mercer County, NJ Personal Injury Settlement Is DelayedSometimes choosing mediation, a less contentious and time-consuming option, might be more appropriate for finding a middle-ground resolution for your accident injury claim. In other situations, the insurer might offer you a pre-litigation settlement to avoid the risk of a large jury-awarded settlement. Either way, to properly prepare for the long haul, consult a knowledgeable personal injury attorney who can advise you on what to expect, help navigate delays, and help accurately determine how much you should be seeking in terms of medical expenses, lost income, and physical and emotional pain and suffering.

If you or someone you love has suffered an accident injury, or wrongful death and you suspect that another party is responsible, contact us online or at our offices in Trenton or Pennington at (609) 528-2596 today to schedule a cost-free initial consultation. We also provide representation for injured victims and families in Pennsylvania.

Contact Our Trenton, NJ Accident and Personal Injury Attorneys Today

Whether it’s a personal injury or workers’ compensation-related matter, Kamensky Cohen & Riechelson is here for you. Our accomplished team of attorneys has a proven record of success in helping injured people and their families obtain fair and just compensation for their losses as soon as possible.

We understand the hardships you face – medical bills, wage loss, pain and suffering, insurance companies that say “no” – and will work with you personally to help you through the legal process. We provide knowledgeable guidance and strong advocacy for clients throughout Mercer, Burlington, Middlesex, and Somerset counties and across all of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We abide by a contingency model, which essentially means that we work for you for free until you receive compensation.

There are strict time deadlines or statutes of limitations on filing claims, so it is in your best interest to consult with and retain an attorney immediately to file your claim in a timely manner, or you will lose any right to recovery.

Contact us online or through our Trenton, NJ office at (609) 528-2596 today to speak with our legal team regarding your accident, injuries, and how we can help you and your family to recover fully and fairly compensation through a settlement or a trial verdict.

New Jersey’s Most Dangerous Intersections

Some of the most dangerous intersections in New Jersey, where the most fatal accidents occur, are found in Somerset County, Mercer County, Gloucester County, Camden County, and Burlington County

New Jersey's Most Dangerous Intersections

According to the health protection agency, the Centers for Disease Control, vehicular accidents top the causes of death in the United States. In New Jersey, over 750 car accidents occur daily, according to the New Jersey Department of Transportation data. While the reasons for so many accidents are varied, some common causes include weather, road design, and road conditions. Undoubtedly, drivers have a lot to do with car crashes too. Driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, street racing, texting while driving, and driving while drowsy are a few examples of dangerous driving behavior. The governmental agency responsible for tracking accidents, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), notes on their website that drunk and drug-impaired driving cause traffic accidents in addition to drowsiness and speeding.

Approximately 40 to 50% of all car accidents occur at intersections, second only to rear-end collisions. In New Jersey, last year’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan attempts to address the problem of deadly car accidents, targeting intersections specifically. The hope is to reduce that annual average of over 3,000 fatalities a year in the state. Unfortunately, intersections prove to be common crash sites due to human error. The NHTS cites distractions, misjudgments, obstructions, and assumptions as contributors to miscalculating the time and distance of other drivers. For example, a driver that fails to carefully look around to see other drivers attempting to cross the intersection and road conditions or obstructions to clear viewing endangers themself and others. In addition, failure to anticipate other drivers’ reactions, speed, and illegal behavior contribute to collisions.

Drivers who violate traffic laws increase the rate of injury from car accidents.

For example, if you approach a four-way intersection with a stop sign at each of four directions, you must assess the order of vehicles progressing through the intersection. If you disregard the order and take your turn to enter while another vehicle obeying the order does, you could end up crashing. Likewise, inattentiveness causes the same results when you are busy doing other activities in your car and lose sight of what other cars are doing to move through the intersection. New drivers may panic at four-way intersections, while drivers of fast cars or big trucks may feel fearless and proceed before their turn. Interestingly, the cars most commonly involved in accidents are practical, daily-use cars known for safety, like small to medium-sized Hyundai, Subaru, Toyota, Mazda, and Jeep models.

No matter which car they drive, most drivers approach intersections with awareness and caution to avoid scrapes, bumps, and wrecks. However, rear-enders happen when one driver is not allowing the recommended number of car lengths between their car and the one in front. Furthermore, T-bone crashes, one car hitting the passenger or driver’s side of a car moving through the intersection, occurs when one car is rushing to make the light before or after it turns red. Also, making an illegal U-turn or not waiting for oncoming traffic to clear before making a left turn ends up in head-on collisions. Finally, side-by-side collisions happen when drivers cross lanes without looking in their mirrors or over their shoulders.

Inattention, carelessness, and aggressive driving contribute to many accidents.

However, other factors leading to collisions may be environmental. For example, overgrown trees may obscure traffic signs, and cars entering another vehicle’s blind spot may cause road maneuvers that lead to accidents. And facing the blinding sun at sunset may cause temporary blindness and miscalculations of speed and distance from one car to the next. On occasion, the city’s placement of a traffic sign causes drivers to miss the forbidden left turn at an intersection, especially if construction is going on. Many of these environmental and human factors contribute to the high number of intersection accidents.

Some of the deadliest intersections cited in the New Jersey news are located primarily in Gloucester, Somerset, Mercer, Ocean, Monmouth, Camden, Middlesex, and Burlington Counties. For example, Somerset County’s intersection at U.S. Route 23 and Adamsville Road was the site of 98 accidents, 4 of them fatal, over the last four years. Mercer County had two hot spots, one at N.J. Route 129 and Lalor Street and one at U.S. Route 1 and Bakers Basin Road. The total number of accidents at these two intersections total 260, with seven fatalities. Even after several pedestrian deaths at the intersection, the residents around this intersection still have no satisfactory safety solution, such as a pedestrian walkway or footbridge, despite installing a crossing guard at Lalor at the city’s expense.

May the county or state have some responsibility in the event of an accident?

When a pedestrian or vehicle driver is injured in a poorly designed or maintained intersection, the government may bear some responsibility for the damages a victim suffers. And if officials are aware that a higher than the usual number of accidents occur at specific locations, they may be negligent in not addressing the dangerous condition. Whether the overgrown trees, poor design, or the sheer number of pedestrians and vehicles share the same roadway, the city, county, or state engineers and other workers responsible for designing and maintaining the roads may bear some responsibility. However, the fault for vehicle-on-vehicle collisions falls mainly on one party or another, or partially both.

An inattentive, impaired, or aggressive driver that causes an injury, accident, or fatality can be forced to compensate the injured driver and passengers damaged by the at-fault driver’s negligence. They or their insurance provider must pay the cost of all losses incurred by the innocent victims, including repairing the vehicle (or replacement if totaled), any medical expenses due to the accident, and lost income due to the accident and its aftermath. When pursuing a personal injury claim, the party responsible may also be required to pay damages for pain and suffering that resulted from the crash. In addition, they may have to pay for the wrongful death of those lost in a fatal accident. Finally, violating traffic laws, drunk driving, or extreme recklessness, like street racing through an intersection, may warrant punitive damages being awarded to the injured victims.

Hiring an attorney to represent you after an accident injury or fatality is a good idea. Most insurance companies deal with unrepresented accident victims differently than they do attorneys. They may take advantage of an accident victim who does not know the law or what they are entitled to by law for another’s negligence. As such, you want your attorney to speak on your behalf and help you obtain just compensation for your losses. That’s where we come in.

Contact our Staff of Personal Injury Attorneys for a free consultation

At The Law Office of Kamensky, Cohen & Riechelson our personal injury attorneys regularly deal with insurance companies and other parties when it comes time to negotiating settlements to conclude a personal injury or wrongful death claim. We also have experience bringing cases to trial when a settlement is not possible or unlikely.

Ultimately, our personal injury lawyers are committed to serving our clients’ best interests in Trenton, Princeton, Lawrence Township, East Windsor, and the Mercer County Area. We also fight for clients injured in auto accidents and other types of accidents in Somerville, Bridgewater, Somerset County and New Jersey counties throughout the Southern and Central parts of the state.

Contact (609) 528-2596 to speak to a local personal injury attorney with extensive litigation experience about your motor vehicle accident claim.