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Our Lawyers Respond to Motor Vehicle Accident FAQs

Our New Jersey personal injury attorneys give you the answers

You likely have many questions about your legal rights after a motor vehicle crash. The lawyers at Seigel Law draw on our experience since 1976 to answer your questions. We invite you to read our responses to these FAQs and then contact us for more information about your individual claim.

Learn the answers to your auto accident questions

Seigel Law is a premier personal injury recovery law firm. Call us at 201.444.4000 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation. Our Ridgewood-based firm represents injured clients in the Passaic, Bergen, Essex and Hudson County regions, and throughout northern New Jersey. Our attorneys schedule appointments at your home or the hospital if your injuries prevent you from coming to us. You do not owe us attorney fees unless we collect damages.

I was in a motor vehicle accident. Should I go to a doctor?

Even a seemingly minor fender-bender can result in serious injuries. Also, sometimes soft-tissue or head trauma symptoms do not manifest for several days following an accident. Visiting a doctor after an auto accident protects your health and your legal claim.

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How much is my personal injury case worth?

Our attorneys never predict results. In fact, if you talk to a law firm that makes promises about a dollar figure, realize that this is improper and highly unethical. Each settlement or jury verdict is based on the circumstances of the medical injuries.

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How do I know the damages caused by my car crash injuries?

You won’t know the full amount of your medical care costs and lost earnings until you have reached maximum medical improvement (MMI). That’s why our firm would never rush you into accepting a quick settlement. The insurance company would like nothing more than to dangle a dollar figure in front of you and hope you go away. If you suffered a serious and permanent injury, you may need a lifetime of medical care and financial support. We help you get it.

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How soon do I need to bring my legal claim against the other driver?

New Jersey imposes a two-year statute of limitations to file a lawsuit for personal injury. However, we urge you to consult with a lawyer as soon as possible so we can start investigating your case immediately and take important steps to protect your rights.

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The accident wasn’t my fault. Won’t the insurance company handle everything?

Insurance companies keep their shareholders happy by paying attention to their bottom line. They have teams of defense lawyers who fight paying full and fair settlements. Most people who talk to us about their accident claims tell us they never thought they would have to sue to get a fair settlement. Standing up and fighting against a large corporation is difficult. Putting an experienced personal injury attorney on your side is your best option for recovering the money damages to which you are entitled.

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What if the insurance company offers me a check right away?

Once you sign the settlement, you waive your right to receive future compensation. To protect yourself, do not accept a settlement without first speaking with a qualified personal injury lawyer. Our law firm offers a free initial assessment of your claim, so there is no risk to find out if the settlement the insurance company has offered you is fair.

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What if I was partially at fault?

In New Jersey, courts rule on who was at fault and how much insurance liability should be assigned to each driver. For example, if you are found to be 20 percent at fault, the other driver will still be responsible for 80 percent of your damages.

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I was the passenger, but the driver was 100 percent at fault. Can I seek damages?

Passengers are nearly always entitled to seek compensation, even if the driver was completely at fault. The only exception might be if you willingly rode with a driver you knew was legally drunk at the time of the accident.

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The other driver didn’t have insurance. Now what?

New Jersey law makes auto insurance mandatory, with minimum levels required for personal injury liability. Unfortunately, the law is often ignored. When a motor vehicle accident involves an uninsured driver, victims can seek damages from their own policies. But, suddenly, your own insurance company treats you like a hostile claimant. Even after paying premiums for years and keeping your driving record clean, you may have to fight aggressively to get the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.

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Are there parties other than the at-fault driver against whom I can take legal action?

You may have a cause of action against a third party who contributed to your accident. For example, if the driver who hit you was drunk, New Jersey’s dram shop laws may allow you to sue the bar or host who served the intoxicated guest. As a matter of course, our firm investigates whether you have a valid third-party claim.

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How much will it cost to file a lawsuit?

We offer a free consultation to discuss your claim. If we represent you, we do not charge attorney fees unless you win money from a settlement or jury award. Our fees are based on a percentage of your settlement or verdict. However, you will typically be responsible for some court expenses. You owe no money to our firm unless you recover.

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What should I expect to happen during my lawsuit?

There is no such thing as a cookie-cutter personal injury or wrongful death case. Every case is different. To determine whether your case is likely to result in compensation under New Jersey law, it is important to discuss your accident with an experienced lawyer.

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What kind of experience does Seigel Law have in the area of motor vehicle accident claims?

We were founded in 1976. We have been successfully handling car crash and other motor vehicle accident claims from the very beginning — including motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, boating, ATV and truck accident claims.

We have access to top medical professionals and experts to help prepare a strong, clear case for damages.

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  • $7,900,000

    Recovery on behalf of the 16-year-old girl injured by electrical malfunction

  • $8,000,000

    Jury verdict in a catastrophic injury case

  • $1,100,000

    Settlement for a fractured arm in Passaic County

  • $4,775,000

    Settlement for a woman in Bergen County injured in a trucking accident

Meet Our Attorneys

  • (95 Reviews)

    By Teresa R Perez - January, 2018

    I have had a great experience thus far. The personal injury process is stressful and they have been helpful and courteous in getting me the right referrals. I was injured while visiting NJ and live in another state, my case is not an easy one but they are working diligently to help. I appreciate the personalized attention and highly recommend this firm.

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    By Miriam Smith-Leone - December, 2017

    The law office was great with my back and neck injury. They directed me to the right doctors and got me a huge settlement. Being a single mom, it help pay off all my debt and bills. Me and my kids can have a bill free christmas, with plenty of food and happiness, stress free. They are the best ever and I would highly recommend them to anyone rich or poor, who has been in an accident and need legal help...

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    By L C - October, 2017

    After the misfortune of suffering an injury, I had the good fortune to choose Seigel Law to represent me. During my initial meeting with Jan Seigel, I found him to be extremely confident and reassuring---he totally put me at ease. I was represented by Mark Mc Bratney---an EXCELLENT attorney. He was supportive and professional through the entire process, and provided an excellent outcome for my case.

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    By Liliana Paredes - October, 2017

    Honest, trustworthy and very straight forward. In unvarnished truth Jonas Siegel will tell you exactly where you stand and what direction you should go. Jonas has tenacity coupled with a degree of tenderness, but never losing site of the end goal, which is to protect, defend and have the best outcome for his clients. I defenetly recoment this law firm. Thanks for helping me out in my case.

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    By Oren Goldshmidt - September, 2017

    I'd like to thank everyone at segal law for the amazing experience they provided me. From the moment I stepped in to the end of the case , segal and his team delivered exactly what they promised. I couldn't have received any better treatment from a law firm. Any concerns, questions or problems I had were addressed and dealt with accordingly...

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What we offer our clients


Personal injury and medical knowledge

Our knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers includes a medical doctor who advises on complex medical topics


One-on-one attorney attention

By maintaining a limited number of cases, our attorneys can provide personalized attention to each client we serve


Results-oriented strategies

Our lawyers have won numerous high verdicts and settlements, many in the high six- and seven-figure range, for our injured clients


Trial experience

Every trial attorney in our firm is a certified trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court


Communication as a priority

We understand how important communication is to a successful attorney-client relationship, we return calls within 24 hours


Community involvement

Our lawyers and staff are active in community outreach and community service programs

  • "The lawyers at Seigel Law know how to get you the results you want. Jan Seigel and His team returned every one of my phone calls, listened to me and worked with me to a desirable outcome. Seigel Law definitely goes above and beyond to protect the injured." - B.M.

  • "After my car accident, my life turned into a disaster. Dealing with everything became impossible. Jan Seigel and his people helped me with every aspect of my injuries and the insurance companies so I could focus on healing. They helped me through everything and they got me what I was due." - M.P.

  • "I found the personnel to be very efficient, and work very quickly. I'm happy that I was referred to this firm, because I found that I was very comfortable working with them." - F.V.

  • "Amazing. I have to say they were very supportive and were able to give me tons of information. I didn't feel rushed and felt they truly cared about my well-being. Their website is also extremely helpful and well setup." - T.D.

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