Lost a Loved One in a Car Accident?
New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney Provides Compassionate Representation
Fatal car crashes leave surviving loved ones to suffer through not only grief but often financial hardship as well. Another driver’s negligence could deprive a family of a primary breadwinner in addition to the pain of a loss. Furthermore, survivors may face unexpected and costly final medical bills as well as funeral costs and other expenses. While no amount of money can ever make up for the wrongful death of a loved one, compensation from a personal injury lawsuit can help offset these financial burdens.
If you need an experienced New Jersey wrongful death attorney, contact Spevack Law Firm today. Our law firm has served clients victimized by driver negligence in Woodbridge Township, Iselin and New Brunswick since 1928. We have obtained multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements for car crash victims and their families. Our goal is to obtain a full and fair recovery for you and your family to help you take care of yourself in your time of need.
What Can I Do If I Lost a Loved One in a Car Crash?
Many fatal car crashes result from driver negligence, which can include distracted driving, traffic violations and drunk driving. If a drunk driver causes a fatal crash, that driver will likely face criminal charges. However, a criminal case is about punishing the offender; it does not provide for the victim or the victim’s family. In order to receive compensation after the death of a loved one, you must file a civil lawsuit against the person responsible.
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations on a wrongful death claim is two years. This means that generally, you have two years from the date of your loved one’s death to file a lawsuit against the at-fault driver. Additionally, by New Jersey law, only family members or financial dependents can file a wrongful death claim. This can include spouses, children, parents and siblings of the victim. Otherwise, you must demonstrate that you were “actually dependent” on the victim in order to recover compensation.
When you file a wrongful death claim in New Jersey, you may seek compensation for:
- Loss of financial support. In general, these calculations consider your loved one’s employment and earning potential.
- Loss of companionship, comfort and guidance.
- Loss of household support. This can include the value of services such as childcare and other household-related maintenance.
- Medical costs.
- Funeral and burial expenses.
Unlike some states, New Jersey does not allow survivors to recover compensation for pain and suffering in a wrongful death claim. However, under certain situations, family members may file a separate claim for emotional distress.
Fatal Car Accident Statistics
Fatal car crashes are always devastating, but according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, they are still quite common across New Jersey and the United States:
- Each year, there are over 32,600 fatal car accidents in the U.S. Of these, approximately 555 occur in New Jersey.
- 32 percent of all fatal car crashes nationwide involved a drunk driver. In New Jersey, alcohol use contributed to 29 percent of deadly collisions.
- Speeding is a primary cause of over 9,000 car crash deaths across the country and approximately 100 traffic deaths in New Jersey.
- Nationwide, between 45 and 53 percent of vehicle occupants killed in car accidents are not wearing a seatbelt. Additionally, 40 to 46 percent of New Jersey fatal car crash victims were unrestrained, despite the state’s seat belt laws. By law, all drivers and passengers must be belted at all times.
- Half of all traffic fatalities are motor vehicle drivers, while nearly 20 percent are passengers. The remaining 30 percent of victims are motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Nearly 10 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. involve a big rig or semi truck. However, drivers and bystanders make up approximately 85 percent of the fatalities in these kinds of wrecks.
More Questions? Contact a New Jersey Wrongful Death Attorney Today
In the devastating aftermath of a fatal car crash, you should not have to deal with the stress and grief alone. The decision to seek legal help after a loved one’s death is often difficult. At Spevack Law Firm, we understand both the emotional and financial difficulties you face after the loss of a loved one. Since 1928, our attorneys have counseled countless surviving family members of car crash victims.
We have seen the intense emotional turmoil and the hard choices these families have to make. We offer aggressive, compassionate legal representation for people in these situations. To schedule a free consultation with a New Jersey wrongful death attorney, fill out an online contact form or call our law office in Iselin and New Brunswick. Our firm also operates on a contingency fee basis. This means that we will pay all upfront costs associated with your case, and if we are unsuccessful, you will not owe us anything.