Car Accident Lawyers in Hopewell Borough, NJ
Hopewell Borough is a charming town in Mercer County. It is well-known for its farm-to-table experiences and old-timey buildings, as well as its railway history, which made the frog the official mascot of the community. There are just under 2,000 residents in the small town proper that makes up under a square mile of land. Vibrant and bustling are the community library, Hopewell Borough Gazebo Park, and the Train Station Mini Park. The downtown and surrounding areas of Hopewell Borough include historical sites such as the John Hart Farmstead, Hopewell Museum, Holcombe Home, and the Hopewell Railroad Station.
We aim to spotlight essential aspects, including key roadways, accident severity, and prevalent insurance challenges after a Hopewell Borough auto accident. Cohen & Riechelson, our distinguished law firm, stands ready as a valuable resource for navigating car accident claims. Contact us at (609) 528-2596 for prompt assistance and a complimentary case review in Baldwins Corner, Woodsville, Stoutsburg, and Ackors Corner. Our dedicated legal team is committed to diligently pursuing the optimal financial recovery for your injuries from a crash.
Historic Makeup of Hopewell Borough, New Jersey
The historic makeup of Hopewell Borough lends itself to the borough’s charm, particularly the locally famous Frog War, a two-day collision between railroad companies. In 1876, the company that currently passed through the town, Mercer & Somerset Railroad, attempted to block another railroad company, Delaware & Bound Brook Railroad, from crossing its tracks through town. M&S set up a guarding engine to prevent the D&BB company from crossing, but in January 1876, D&BB employees disassembled the guarding engine and set up the train lines to cross the M&S railway, making a diamond-shaped junction that looked like a splayed frog, while also installing a barricade. M&S attempted to destroy the barricade, and the feuding sides took to town over the conflict. Ultimately, the governing body determined that the D&BB railroad company had a right to cross the M&S railway tracks, and the frog junction stood. The “Frog War,” while lasting only two days, caused quite a stir and resulted in lasting changes to the town, including that the frog became its unofficial mascot.
Hopewell Borough Intersection Hotspots
Hopewell Borough is a largely rural area existing at the junction of two county roads: CR 569 and CR 518. Unfortunately, it is on these roads that multiple car accidents most occur, due to weather conditions, animals in the roadway, traffic at the junction, speeding, distracted driving, or driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Comparative Negligence in a Hopewell Borough Car Accident
New Jersey has what is called comparative negligence law. This means that a driver’s insurance company can be sued if the driver was partially responsible for causing an accident and their negligence led to someone’s injury or property damage. Proving liability in a multiple-car accident can be a bit trickier than proving liability in a two-car accident because there are often multiple factors involved. Nevertheless, it is possible.
In order to prove fault, the elements surrounding an accident must be thoroughly investigated. These elements include direct evidence such as force and angles of impact, as well as surrounding conditions such as traffic patterns and weather conditions, among others. Security and dashboard cameras nearby are checked, police reports are reviewed, and witnesses are interviewed. When multiple cars are involved, it is likely that comparative negligence laws will come into play, as well as multiple claims happening at once. Examples of this include a car that is rear-ended and proceeds to hit the car in front of them. The rear car may have been liable for causing the rear-end collision, but because the car that was hit was following too closely to the auto in front of them, they were liable for rear-ending the front car.
Seeking Compensation for Hopewell Car Crash Injuries and Losses
New Jersey is a no-fault state, which means that one’s own insurance company will foot the bill for immediate personal injury expenses such as emergency medical care. Then, the insurance company or a private personal injury attorney will examine the nature of the accident to determine fault and file a claim for compensation.
Car accidents are nothing if not complex, requiring thorough investigation and even outside support from forensics teams. A skilled Hopewell accident attorney at our Mercer County personal injury law firm is prepared to represent you in gathering all of the various evidential, medical, and other documentation required for such complex and often multi-claimant cases.
Approach a Hopewell Borough Auto Accident Lawyer at Cohen & Riechelson for Legal Advice Today
Our team at Cohen & Riechelson has ample experience representing clients in Pleasant Valley, Moore, Bear Tavern, Centerville, and Hopewell Borough neighboring communities in their injury accident claims, acting on their behalf while they focus on their full physical recovery. Because we know how the system works, as well as common factors on the county roadways that often augment the risk for auto accidents, we are prepared to get you the full damages you deserve for your injury, including medical expenses, lost wages, out-of-pocket costs, and personal pain and suffering. Contact us today at (609) 528-2596 for a no-cost, no obligation examination of your case.