Driving on the New Jersey Turnpike can be an intimidating task, even for the most experienced of drivers. No matter how safe and defensive of a driver you are, there will always be a risk of being in an accident caused by someone else, due to negligence, recklessness, and unfortunately, even malice. Being injured in an accident that someone else caused by their bad behavior is extremely frustrating, and the process of fighting to get the money that you deserve can be equally, if not more, frustrating – especially while you are trying to focus on recovering from your injuries, managing your finances with respect to the impacts on your earnings, and getting your life back on track after this terrible accident.
If you are in an accident that someone else caused, then you are more than likely entitled to compensation. Filing an insurance claim with the other driver’s insurance company is simple enough, but the work necessary to get a settlement that you actually deserve, and not just what the insurance company wants to pay, is far more complicated than you may first realize. In fact, insurance companies rely on victims not realizing the complexities of this process so that they do not hire an attorney, and simply accept the first offer that the insurance company makes.
Contact Balkin & Mausner Now To Schedule a Free Consultation About Your New Jersey Turnpike Accident
The sooner you contact our firm for a free initial consultation, the sooner we will be working on your case together and fighting to get the compensation that your injuries entitle you to. We understand that in the early days and weeks following your accident, the changes to your life can be overwhelming as you try to manage your finances, adjust your work output, make changes to your personal life, and attempt to navigate the complexities of an insurance claim all on your own. That’s why we are here to help.
During your initial consultation, we will be able to talk about the details of your accident and give you an idea of how having an attorney can be a significant advantage. We have provided some general information about why hiring an attorney is important below, but since no two accident is alike, the most important benefits of your case will depend on a variety of factors that we can discuss.
Why Hire a New Jersey Turnpike Accident Attorney?
Filing an insurance claim on your own is actually a fairly simple process, and once you have first notified the insurance company of your accident, they will assign a claims adjuster to go through an investigation before returning to you with a settlement offer. Simple enough, right? Think again.
Avoid Falling Prey to Insurance Company Tricks
When you file a claim with an insurance company, their primary motivation throughout the entire investigation is to identify every possible reason to reduce the amount that you ultimately receive, by methods such as downplaying your injuries, manipulating your statements to pin more fault onto you, or simply avoiding most, if not all, of the non-economic damages that you have suffered. This tactic is unfortunately successful far too often because people do not realize what is at stake and choose not to hire an attorney.
Skip the Stress of Communicating With The Insurance Company
One of the most important early benefits of an attorney is that you do not need to worry about these communications, or making an innocent comment that the insurance company ultimately uses against you as a justification to reduce your settlement amount. Instead of handling any of the administrative steps, you can focus on your recovery without the added stress, while your attorney handles all communications. In some instances, such as if you need to go through an independent medical exam, your attorney will be able to give you advice on how to handle the exam, things that you should or should not say to the doctor, and more.
Fight For What You Deserve
Once an insurance company concludes their investigation, they make an initial offer to the victim. This offer is typically presented as if it is the best the victim can get, and they are encouraged to accept so as to not complicate matters further. Your attorney will use this opportunity to make a counter-offer and will go through negotiations in order to work towards an out-of-court settlement, or will move forward to file a claim with the New Jersey courts if an agreement doesn’t seem likely. Either way, your attorney will fight on your behalf while you focus on your own life without the additional stress.