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A traffic accident of any kind is a traumatic event. It can involve damage to property such as your vehicle, bodily injury to you and/or others, and the possibility of lifelong health problems or even death. Litigation is often inevitable: one driver sues another, both drivers sue each other, or a driver or passenger sues a third party. While lengthy litigation can add to the pain of an accident, the financial realities of some accidents make it necessary. Ocean County accident attorneys at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. have been litigating cases of auto accidents and personal injury in New Jersey for decades. We provide comprehensive assistance every step of the way in auto accident lawsuits, taking action to maximize the compensation you receive.
Understanding the litigation process
Our Ocean County accident attorneys use an innovative approach to help clients receive the best possible compensation for their injuries or, in the worst of circumstances, the wrongful death of a loved one. This process has several steps:
- Attorney consultation. Be prepared to discuss the details of the accident, injuries suffered in the accident, your medical prognosis, and anticipated costs of current and future healthcare needs resulting from the accident. Bring a copy of the police report, if it is in your possession. If you were not injured, but are being sued for causing the accident, you should share what you know about what happened to those who were injured.
- Investigation. Any information relative to the accident and its aftermath must be examined. Even if the accident happened elsewhere, our Ocean County, NJ auto accident attorneys know how to procure evidence through legal processes and basic investigative work. Pre-suit investigation includes all official communications between the insurance companies and those parties involved in the accident.
- Filing and court appearances. Following the information-gathering of the investigative stage, the parties involved must decide whether to litigate or not. If one, both, or several parties choose to litigate, they must file the necessary paperwork. Alternatively, negotiations between parties outside of court may bring about a settlement, if those parties can reach an agreement.
- Litigation. Litigation requires a discovery process – interrogatories, depositions and, sometimes, court ordered access to records and reports, as well as one or more court appearances. It is possible that an out of court settlement can bring about a resolution of the case in the midst of litigation.
Note that New Jersey observes a proportional comparative fault rule, meaning that responsibility for the accident can be shared by two or more drivers in an accident. That said, if one driver bears 51 percent or greater fault, he or she cannot collect for damages from the other party or parties.
Let our New Jersey accident attorneys get you the compensation you deserve
If you have been injured in a car accident, call Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson at 732-504-3056 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. Our attorneys will listen to your concerns and help you determine the best course of action. Located in Toms River, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout the Monmouth-Ocean metro region.