While New Jersey is considered a no-fault auto accident state, this by no means implies that someone injured in a car accident cannot sue for injuries. The system is designed to keep smaller claims from entering the court system, effectively enabling victims to get better compensation more quickly and with fewer costs related to litigation.
Higher-cost injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, are another matter. When a victim is permanently injured or disfigured because of someone else’s negligent, reckless or illegal driving, the injured person can sue the negligent driver in court. If you are injured by another driver’s negligence, that person’s insurance company is sure to try to minimize the amount it must pay you. To do so, it may employ several tactics:
Anyone injured in a serious auto accident, even in a no-fault state, requires the services of an auto accident attorney. Even if you are uncertain as to the extent of your injuries, you should avoid any discussion beyond explaining that your attorney is going to be handling the situation. Meanwhile, your lawyer can assess the amount of damage done and determine if it is worthwhile to work on your case. Such cases are handled on a contingency basis, so your attorney earns nothing if you do not win your case.