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New Jersey auto accident insurance rates get worse every year. Between the increase in the number of drivers on the road and the nationwide epidemic of distracted driving, driving is now more dangerous than ever. At Leonard Legal Group, our New Jersey auto accident attorneys have represented victims of vehicular negligence for more than 25 years, earning the reputation as effective, results-driven attorneys. Scott Leonard is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has handled thousands of personal injury and car accidents cases. He has the compassion and expertise to get you the justice you deserve. Our reputation in New Jersey and throughout the Tri-state area is clear: we are tough on negligent drivers and compassionate to victims and families.

If you sustained injuries and losses from a car accident, you want our car accident attorneys on your side. Contact us today for a free case evaluation.


Car accidents do not just happen. They often occur because someone has acted negligently. The problem is that you have the burden of proof to identify the negligent actor and demonstrate what they did wrong to cause your injuries. This burden is not to be taken lightly.

Our detail-oriented New Jersey auto accident attorneys leave no stone unturned when it comes to discovering evidence for your case. We convincingly prove the causes of accidents so that we can focus on proving the damages you are owed. The most common causes of auto accidents in New Jersey include:

  • Distracted driving
  • Drunk driving
  • Driving unsafely in inclement weather
  • Ignoring traffic signs
  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Failures to yield
  • Driving at unsafe distances
  • Running red lights
  • Cell phone distractions


The first thing to do is call 911. The police should make a report of the incident while they are there. The most important thing for you to do after an accident is to get medical attention for your injuries. Even if you initially think your injuries are not that significant, there is often devastating shock and damage done to your body that you may not feel. Getting checked out begins a record of the injury that protects you from insurance companies claiming that you were fine after the collision. Before you call the insurance company, make sure that you call our New Jersey auto accident attorneys. Insurance companies record everything you say and will try to use your words against you when it comes time to pay you damages.


It is entirely possible to pursue an insurance claim on your own without legal help. We understand that many people question whether they need to speak with a New Jersey car accident lawyer at all. The reality is that the claim process is often more complicated and challenging than you imagine, and the last thing you want to do when you are dealing with an injury is go back and forth with insurance adjusters.

At Leonard Legal Group, we handle every step of the claim process so that you can fully focus on your physical recovery. We help our clients in many ways, including:

  • Evaluating their rights and options to seek compensation
  • Identifying all possibly liable parties, as there are often multiple parties involved
  • Filing all the necessary claim with the proper insurance companies
  • Handling all communications with insurance adjusters
  • Negotiating with the insurer when they offer a settlement that is far too low
  • Taking the case to court when needed to fight for full compensation


As experienced car accident lawyers, we regularly hear many questions about the rights of car accident victims and the legal process. Below are only some frequently asked questions - to discuss a specific question, contact our team directly.

What Damages Can I Claim?

The damages you can claim will depend on the extent of the losses you incurred. Damages can range widely in car accident claims, from a couple of thousand dollars to multimillion-dollar settlements or awards. Common damages include:

  • Medical bills for all the treatment and care you received
  • Estimated future medical costs if you have serious injuries that need ongoing treatment
  • Lost wages from missed work, as well as future lost earnings if your injuries prevent you from returning to work
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering
  • Loss of enjoyment of life
  • Permanent impairments, disabilities, or disfigurement

It is important to have an attorney calculate your damages, especially those involving future or intangible losses, to ensure you do not miss out on any compensation you need.

How Will a Lawyer Help?

Our lawyers help, in many ways as outlined above, though our overall goal is to serve as your advocate to the insurance company. Insurers limit payments whenever possible and often take advantage of unrepresented claimants. We make sure that will not happen to you. We also take the burden of the claim process off your shoulders. Scott Leonard is a Board-Certified Civil Trial Attorney and has handled car accident cases for over 25 years. He has the compassion and expertise to get you the justice and compensation you deserve.

How Much Time Do I Have to File a Claim?

You typically have two years to file an injury lawsuit in New Jersey if you are involved in a car accident. However, the process often begins with a personal injury protection (PIP) claim to pay and process your medical bills and shorter time restrictions apply to begin that process. Don’t assume that your own insurer will be any easier to work with - instead, seek help from a New Jersey auto accident claim attorney right away.

If you have been injured in a car accident, call today to schedule a free initial consultation with a New Jersey car accident lawyer

The New Jersey auto accident attorneys at Leonard Legal Group are here to provide you with sound legal guidance in the aftermath of your collision. For a free initial consultation, call us at 973-984-1414, or you can contact us online. Night and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.