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New Jersey Car Accident Laws

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The aftermath of a car accident can be overwhelming, especially in a state with intricate laws like New Jersey. Understanding fault determination, comparative negligence, no-fault insurance, and claim deadlines can feel like untangling a legal knot. Here’s a breakdown of these key aspects, but remember, this is not a substitute for personalized legal advice.

Fault Determination and Comparative Negligence:

Unlike some states, New Jersey operates under a “comparative negligence” system. This means the percentage of fault you share in an accident directly impacts your damage recovery. An experienced car accident lawyer can investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case to minimize your fault attribution and maximize your compensation.

No-Fault Insurance:

New Jersey is a “no-fault” state, meaning your own Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage pays for your medical bills and lost wages, regardless of who caused the accident. However, PIP coverage has limitations. When your injuries exceed PIP limits or involve significant pain and suffering, a lawyer can help you pursue a claim against the at-fault party’s insurance company.

Statute of Limitations:

There’s a time limit to file a lawsuit after a car accident in New Jersey. Generally, you have two years from the accident date to pursue a claim. Missing this deadline can severely limit your legal options. Don’t risk losing your right to compensation – consult a car accident lawyer as soon as possible to understand your specific situation and ensure timely action.

Why an Attorney Matters:

Car accident laws can be intricate, and navigating the legal landscape on your own can be daunting. An experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer can:

  • Investigate the accident: They’ll gather evidence, interview witnesses, and reconstruct the events to determine fault.
  • Negotiate with insurance companies: Insurance companies often try to minimize payouts. A lawyer can fight for the compensation you deserve.
  • Handle complex legal procedures: Lawyers understand the legal system and can guide you through the claims process efficiently.
  • Protect your rights: They ensure your rights are upheld and advocate for your best interests throughout the process.

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At Gencarelli & Rimasssa Law Firm LLC, our car accident lawyers possess a deep understanding of New Jersey’s complex car accident laws. We are dedicated to helping victims navigate the legal system, secure fair compensation for their injuries, and move forward with their lives. Don’t face the legal complexities of a car accident alone. Contact Gencarelli & Rimasssa Law Firm LLC today for a free consultation. Let our expertise guide you through the legal process and help you get the compensation you deserve.

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Dan RDan R
20:05 15 Dec 23
I was referred by another attorney to Gencarelli & Rimassa, as among other areas of practice, they are experts in medical malpractice. After reviewing my Complaint carefully, Mr. Rimassa determined that I had a viable case. He also had no problem representing me in Warren County, although his office is in Bergen County.As things progressed, Mr. Rimassa kept me well informed at all times, advising me throughout the whole process about what to expect in the proceedings, including depositions, and the timeline of litigation. He was very precise in the information he needed from me and was always prompt in answering my telephone calls and e—mails. Mr. Rimassa was very professional and extremely astute, but he also had compassion for my situation.At one point, the defendant’s attorney offered to go to mediation to potentially settle the case outside of a court trial. Mr. Rimassa tirelessly fought for me in mediation until a resolution was reached that I found very satisfactory. Even after the fact, he continued to work on my behalf to negotiate with my secondary insurance to lower its lien, and was ultimately successful.It was obvious from the start that Mr. Rimassa knows his stuff and is a fighter, going above and beyond for me. I highly recommend both him and his law firm!
Kaitlin LepreKaitlin Lepre
21:33 21 Oct 23
I had a wonderful experience with Nick Rimassa. Nick genuinely cared about my case and was very knowledgeable.
Cristy RossCristy Ross
09:30 21 Nov 22
Nick is one of the most knowledgeable and professional lawyers i have ever met. With in just a few hours of my first phone call Nick made the time to meet with me to go over what happened and how to proceed . He kept me informed during the entire process and made things as easy in me as possible. He truly cares for his clients. I would not hesitate to send any of my family and friends to his services. He is a true professional!
Scott GoldScott Gold
14:47 03 Nov 22
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23:45 09 May 22
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19:37 23 Mar 22
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Lillian RichardsonLillian Richardson
17:41 16 Mar 22
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Rocio EspinosaRocio Espinosa
15:49 09 Jun 21
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17:32 30 Apr 21
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Andrea MatthewAndrea Matthew
16:55 13 Feb 18
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