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Morristown New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys

Excellent legal representation in serious injury claims

If you have been seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to financial compensation. At Leonard Legal Group, LLC, our Morristown personal injury attorneys are experienced in accident claims of all types, including those involving permanent, life-altering injuries. With the assistance of our legal team, we work to obtain the maximum compensation available under the law.

What is a serious injury?

In New Jersey, all drivers are required to carry no-fault motor vehicle insurance. With a no-fault insurance model, each driver’s own insurance policy pays for their own medical expenses when an accident occurs. Additionally, with no-fault insurance, non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, are not available in a motor vehicle accident claim.

If an insured individual has sustained a serious injury, that individual may step outside of the no-fault insurance model and file a legal claim against the at-fault driver. Serious injuries include:

  • The loss of a body part
  • Serious disfigurement or scarring
  • Displaced fractures
  • The loss of a fetus
  • Permanent injuries
  • Death

An accident victim with any of these injuries may pursue a legal claim for their damages which include non-economic damages such as pain and suffering.

What must be proven in a motor vehicle accident claim?

To prevail in a motor vehicle accident lawsuit, an injured victim must show:

  • The at-fault driver owed the victim a duty;
  • The duty was breached due to the at-fault driver’s negligence; and
  • Because of this negligence, the victim was injured.

Each of these elements must be proven for a claimant to prevail. Without proof of one of the elements, the claim fails.

All New Jersey drivers have a duty to drive in a manner that is reasonable under the circumstances. Obeying traffic laws and slowing down in inclement weather are examples of driving reasonably.

Breaching the duty to drive reasonably under the circumstances includes a variety of behaviors, such as drinking and driving, texting while driving, and speeding in poor weather.

When these negligent behaviors cause an accident, the victim must show that he or she was actually injured as a result.

What types of evidence are examined in a motor vehicle accident claim?

To prove the elements of a motor vehicle accident claim, our New Jersey accident attorneys submit a number of documents and other pieces of evidence, including:

  • Medical records and bills
  • Photographs
  • Eyewitness statements
  • Expert witness reports
  • Accident reports
  • Video surveillance footage
  • Cell phone records
  • Accident reconstruction reports

Other types of evidence may also be studied, depending on the facts of the claim. Our attorneys have extensive experience and know what type of evidence to submit to ensure your case is as strong as possible.

If you have been seriously injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, call our leading Morristown injury attorneys today for a free consultation

At Leonard Legal Group, our injury lawyers take pride in serving injured accident victims and families throughout New Jersey in motor vehicle accident claims that involve serious injuries. To schedule your free consultation, call (973) 984-1414 or visit us online.