Filing a Lawsuit Against the Uninsured Driver
Filing an insurance claim isn’t your only option after a car accident. If the at-fault driver doesn’t have insurance, you could file a lawsuit. You must follow a strict deadline called a statute of limitations. New Jersey has a two-year statute, meaning you must file suit within two years of the crash date. If the timeframe passes and you try to initiate legal action anyway, the court will likely dismiss your case.
Lawsuits not only allow for the recovery of monetary losses but might also provide punitive damages if particular circumstances exist. Instead of compensating you for your losses, these damages are a financial award provided by the jury to punish the at-fault driver for their actions. They will only issue a judgment for punitive damages if you provide clear and convincing evidence that the other driver acted with malice or a willful or wanton disregard for other people.
How to Handle an Accident with an Uninsured Driver
Most people don’t understand the steps they need to take after a car accident. You might think seeing your doctor is the only necessary step. However, there’s so much more to this type of case. Once you leave the accident scene, go to the hospital for an evaluation of your injuries. Ask the doctor for their recommendation of a treatment plan and begin it right away. Also, be sure to hire a Jersey City uninsured motorist accident lawyer. While you’re attending your doctor’s appointments, the team of lawyers at Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers can take on the legal aspects of your case.
It’s vital that you avoid posting anything on social media. Believe it or not, insurance companies and defense attorneys look at an accident victim’s online accounts for evidence to disprove an injury. They might find a recent photo that discounts your claim of a broken bone or head trauma.
You should keep copies of all documentation related to the case. That includes hospital records, rehabilitation records, surgical reports, imaging tests, and billing statements. Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers can also request copies of everything to prove that you suffered an injury and what treatment you required to recover.
If the insurance company calls you or requests that you sign any forms, give them our contact information. We can handle the communication with them on your behalf. Many companies use sneaky tactics to get claimants to admit fault for the crash or waive their rights to the maximum available insurance coverage. We can speak with them throughout the entire process, so you don’t say or do the wrong thing that negatively affects your case.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
The Jersey City uninsured motorist accident lawyers of Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers offer an initial consultation for free. You can receive the legal advice and guidance you need to make an informed decision about what to do after a car crash. We take cases on contingency. If you choose to hire us, you won’t have to worry about upfront fees or costs. We don’t get paid unless you get paid.
At Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers, we take personal injury cases seriously. You will be our top priority from the second you walk into our offices. What happened to you is unfair, and it might seem like there’s no solution in sight. You can depend on our legal team to exhaust all resources and tirelessly work to achieve your desired outcome.
We’ve been able to recover over $300 million for accident victims throughout New Jersey. Multiple organizations, including Super Lawyers and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, have given us awards for the dependable services we provide and the case results we’ve achieved.
If an uninsured motorist caused your injuries in a car accident in Jersey City, call (201) 583-5765 to discuss your case during a free consultation and learn how we can help you in your time of need.