Ocean County, NJ Car Accident Lawyers
In Ocean County, New Jersey, the law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman holds a successful record of fighting for the rights of car accident victims. Because car accidents occur frequently, we see many different types of car accident cases. Car accident cases are each unique and are sometimes difficult to litigate, and we are extremely proud of our successful record of verdicts and settlements throughout Ocean County and the State of New Jersey.
With a total population of over 580,000, Ocean County ranks 6 out of 21 in New Jersey counties for population. With New Jersey’s growing population, the number of cars on the road increases, along with the risk of deadly car accidents. When drivers are rushing to get to their destination, or they are texting and driving, they are not paying attention to those around them. When distracted drivers are not paying attention to the roadways they are traveling on, it poses a problem and risk of danger for other drivers on the roadway.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, last year, an estimated 17,600 car accidents occurred in Ocean County. Out of those motor vehicle accidents, an estimated 3,800 involved injuries while 42 of them were fatal crashes.
Risk of Car Accidents in Ocean County, NJ
New Jersey is home to 8.8 million residents and a staggering 6.7 million vehicles. This makes New Jersey one of the most densely populated states in the nation. Being a highly populated state with a large commuter population traveling the roadways every day, New Jersey has its’ fair share of car accidents—most of which occur on main New Jersey highways, including I-78, I-80, and I-95.
In 2013 alone, over 60,000 car accidents occurred on New Jersey roads. Despite the advances in safety, more than 580 fatal automobile and truck crashes occurred in New Jersey, causing a total of over 600-car accident related deaths. These numbers tend to increase each year, especially during the holiday season, so it is important that drivers in New Jersey understand the laws of the roads they are traveling, and obey all of the traffic laws that exist. For more information on New Jersey car accidents, read our car accident FAQs.
Did you know?
- More than half of the car accidents in New Jersey occur at intersections.
- More than two-thirds of car accidents result from the vehicle traveling at an excessive speed.
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death for young people (ages 16-20) across the nation.
New Jersey Motor Vehicle Insurance Laws
Due to the fact that New Jersey is one of several no-fault states, victims of car accidents can recover compensation from an accident on two ways. A car accident lawyer can initiate a no-fault claim against the driver’s own insurance company. It is not uncommon for carriers to limit benefits for medical expenses, on-going care, and rehabilitation, even when the driver has Personal Injury Protection (PIP) insurance. Your car accident lawyer can also file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, before the two-year statute of limitations ends.
There are several ways that you can protect your legal rights after being the victim to a car accident. The most important step to take is to be sure to exchange information with the other driver or drivers that were involved in the crash:
- Get the driver’s policy number, carrier, license plate number, and vehicle information.
- Identify eyewitnesses and copy their contact information.
- Contact local law enforcement or 9-1-1.
- Do not reveal the details of your insurance coverage.
- Never sign insurance documents before contacting a qualified car accident lawyer.
- Take photographs of the car accident scene to document the damage.
- Never admit liability.
With an increase in car accidents over the past years, it is important that victims of car accidents in New Jersey carefully research and select an experienced law firm to represent them and protect their rights during a car accident case.
At Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, our detailed approach and unique methods for car accident cases have provided our law firm with an industry-recognized record of success, winning nearly every car accident case handled for our clients. Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman’s lawyers have been named to the Best New Jersey Lawyers in America list and the 2014 National Law Journal’s Plaintiffs’ Hot List. The New Jersey Law Journal also named us the Personal Injury Law Firm of the Year for our successes in car accident and other personal injury lawsuits. More importantly, our car accident lawyers have successfully recovered millions of dollars for New Jersey residents in lawsuits involving motor vehicle accidents.
Working with Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman
Our depth of experience in handling car accident cases provides unparalleled knowledge and insights for potential clients in Ocean County, NJ. As with all of our other cases, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman takes a highly detailed approach to its Ocean County, NJ car accident cases. Our car accident lawyers will completely manage your car accident case. Our approach will be aggressive from the outset and we will keep pressure on the defendant throughout the entire lawsuit.
The car accident investigation team at Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman will assess your insurance policy, visit the site of the accident, interview witnesses, take photographs, document your injuries and provide the most aggressive and effective legal representation for you or your loved one. In addition, when appropriate, we hire a certified accident reconstructionist to act as our expert in reconstructing the accident. Throughout the entire process, our car accident lawyers will work to ensure that your legal rights are protected.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman has no fears of a trial. Our NJ office is comprised of skilled litigators who will not settle a car accident case for pennies on the dollar just to avoid a costly or risky trial. We believe in our cases and will provide our clients with the best possible representation in the State of New Jersey. As a result of our track record and willingness to try cases, defendants and insurance companies are not able to intimidate our lawyers or our clients and are unable to force us into settling for anything less than top dollar for their cases.
Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman’s Ocean County, NJ Car Accident Cases
Our Ocean County, NJ car accident lawyers’ verdict and settlement successes include numerous cases involving everything from head-on collisions to multi-car crashes. Just a few of our many successes with car and truck accident cases in the state of New Jersey include the following:
- $1.63 Million Settlement for Automobile Accident: In this case, our client was the driver at the time of the automobile accident and suffered severe injuries and exacerbation of pre-existing conditions when he was part of a two-car collision. This case settled for $1.63 million dollars.
- $6 Million Bus Accident Settlement: In this lawsuit, a pedestrian was run over by a school bus and suffered severe spinal injuries as a result of the accident. The driver of the school bus claimed that our client ran in front of the bus but our motor vehicle accident lawyers were able to prove that the bus driver caused the accident. This case settled for $6 million dollars. Click here to read the full article.
Types of Car Accident Cases Handled by Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman
The car accident lawyers at the law firm of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman litigate car accident cases in the Superior Court of New Jersey in Ocean County. Our car accident lawyers handle car accident cases, including but not limited to:
Car Accident Lawyers Serving Ocean County, NJ
Our NJ car accident lawyers’ cases extend to victims of car accident residing in the following Ocean County, NJ cities and towns:
- Barnegat Light
- Bay Head
- Beach Haven
- Harvey Cedars
- Island Heights
- Ocean Gate
- Pine Beach
- Point Pleasant
- Point Pleasant Beach
- Seaside Heights
- Seaside Park
- Ship Bottom
- South Toms River
- Surf City
- Toms River
If you or a loved one have sustained injuries or wrongful death due to a car accident in Ocean County, New Jersey, please contact Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman’s car accident lawyers at our NJ law office. We will respond within twenty-four (24) hours to further discuss your car accident case.