Proposed legislation in New Jersey would prevent personal injury lawyers from contacting car and truck accident victims within 30 days of their injury, according to NJ.com. The bill cleared an Assembly panel on January 5.
Lawyers who contact victims within the first 30 days could be subject to criminal charges, facing fines and possibly prison time.
“Over my 30 years of practice, I have seen some things that shock the conscience,” said Assemblyman Jon Bramnick (R-Union), a supporter of the bill. “I think most personal injury attorneys do not include this kind of practice because it’s unsavory.”
Although nobody in the Assembly voted directly against the bill, some had concerns. More than one member questioned whether it is constitutional to tell attorneys how to market and advertise.
“I’m increasingly convinced that although I’ll [pass] this bull today it probably could use some amendments to take it out of the criminal statutes,” says Assemblyman Michael Patrick Carroll (R-Morris).
Aggressive attorneys who employ “ambulance chasing” tactics tend to make most people cringe. Selecting an attorney after you are involved in a car or truck accident should be a well-thought-out, calculated decision.
Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.