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Phillipsburg, NJ car accident attorneys at The Frank Santini Law Firm are available for free consultations. It’s hard to conceive due to the sheer numbers, but over 2.4 million people each year get into car accidents and suffer a personal injury. Tragically, of those millions of car accident victims, typically between thirty and forty thousand people each year lose their life in a wrongful death car accident. Put another way, in 2019 there will be a car accident nearly every 5 seconds in the United States.

Personal injury lawyers get involved in car accident cases when a victim has suffered a serious personal injury as a result of another driver’s negligence or recklessness. To write that the other driver is negligent or reckless basically means the car accident was not your fault and the other driver whose fault it was caused an accident that, in turn, caused the personal injury of the other driver, passenger or pedestrian. To suffer a “personal injury” means that someone was injured in the car accident. At The Frank Santini Law Firm we handle serious personal injury car accident cases, typically in conjunction with another personal injury car accident law firm that specializes in this type of personal injury accident litigation.

A serious personal injury could mean many things. Typically brain injuries like concussions, brain bleeds, and contusions are very serious personal injuries to the car accident victim. Likewise, back injuries and neck injuries are very common in car accidents. Most of us know that spinal cord injuries are always very serious, but car accidents also cause neck and back injuries like whiplash, herniated discs, ruptured discs, and spinal fractures. There are certain scenarios in auto accidents in which the person in the car accident had to have an amputation. Amputations are particularly devastating for obvious reasons and range from amputations of the digits (fingers, toes) to amputation of the leg and arm. Leg amputations can take many forms including partial foot amputation (transmetatarsal), ankle disarticulation (Syme), below the knee amputation (transtibial), knee-bearing amputation, and above the knee amputation (transfemoral).

Wrongful Death Car Accidents

Unfortunately, a serious personal injury in a car accident can result in a New Jersey wrongful death lawsuit instead of a personal injury lawsuit if the car accident victim passes away from personal injuries caused by the car accident or subsequent medical treatment. The cause of death in wrongful death car accidents is often head trauma. In fact, 48% of all head injuries in the U.S. stem from motor vehicle accidents. While brain injury is often the cause of death for the victim of a wrongful death car accident, the cause of the actual accident is, regrettably, often drunk driving. Of the 35,000 wrongful deaths from car accidents in 2015, 22,000 of the the wrongful deaths involved alcohol. Surprisingly to many who don’t regularly follow the statistics on highway safety, country roads in rural areas account for more wrongful death accidents than city / urban areas. This is statistic not to ignore given all the rural areas in Warren County, NJ. Unfortunately, many drunk drivers cause their own wrongful death car accident in single vehicle accidents. But, just because a driver has consumed alcohol and been in an accident does not mean alcohol was the only cause of the wrongful death accident. In some cases a defective tire, defective brake, defective airbag or other defective part of the car caused the New Jersey wrongful death accident.

Most of us know the tragedy of fatal drunk driving cases from news stories, or, sadly, know someone who has been killed by a drunk driver. In those cases, the best personal injury lawyers in New Jersey pursue the drunk driver ferociously for justice. In all likelihood, the drunk driver will be prosecuted by the state attorney or prosecutor in criminal court for manslaughter. In civil court, the family of the drunk driving wrongful death accident is also typically entitled to financial compensation from the insurance company of the drunk driver and the drunk driver himself.

If you have lost someone you love in a car accident you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the person who caused the car accident. Our NJ wrongful death lawyers are here to help you understand your legal rights. We offer completely free legal consultations and are happy to meet you at your home or elsewhere, if you cannot make it to one of our offices.

Distracted Driving

Do you find yourself in one of the following situations?

I got rear-ended by someone who was looking at their Facebook instead of paying attention.

I got side-swiped by a guy who was texting his girlfriend.

I am suffering right now because some (insert expletive, i.e. cuss word) was too busy playing with his phone
instead of paying attention to the road.

I got in a car accident because the other driver was playing on their phone. What do I do?

These are some common phrases we hear every day from car accident victims. Distracted driving from our cell phones is an epidemic and, tragically, some people are losing their lives to distracted drivers. Understanding the causes of people getting distracted on their phones and causing accidents is fairly common sense for a lot of our readers who are savvy with cell phones, but it is important to set forth some of the most common reasons why distracted drivers on their phones are causing accidents in Phillipsburg and throughout New Jersey:

Car Accident caused byFacebook: Driver is looking at their Facebook or posting on their Facebook instead of
paying attention to the road.

Car Accident caused by Instagram: Driver is looking at their Instagram or posting on their Instagram instead
of paying attention to the road.

Car Accident caused by GPS: Driver is looking at their GPS navigation or typing an address into their GPS
navigation instead of paying attention to the road.

Car Accident caused by Text messaging: Driver is texting or reading a text instead of paying attention to the road.

Car Accident caused by Talking on the phone: Driver is talking on the phone and not paying attention to the road.

The cell phone isn’t always the culprit for distracted driving personal injury accidents in Phillipsburg and elsewhere in New Jersey. Children in the backseat unfortunately cause a distraction for the driver that takes the driver’s eyes off the road. Drivers sometimes attempt to do two things at once while driving. Drivers try to do their make-up while driving or try to eat while driving. Sometimes it is as simple as the driver playing with the radio or the driver changing the radio station and casuing a Phillipsburg car accident.

Unfortunately, we are noticing more and more accidents on local roads like I-78, Route 22, and Route 33, and other major roads in the PBurg area due to distracted driving. Distracted driving is particularly dangerous in parking lots and in residential areas. Children and pedestrians often appear out of nowhere to a distracted driver. It is important for drivers to be very careful in parking lots, especially parking lots of retail stores and shops with a lot of pedestrian traffic, to avoid personal injury pedestrian car accidents. Likewise, in dense residential areas like housing developments and apartment complexes where people live there will be children running around. Children can be children and tend to run into the street or otherwise make poor decisions, it is important for drivers to be extra careful when around areas where children play. If you have a question about a car accident or distracted driver car accident lawsuit, call us today for a free consultation.

About the Phillipsburg Car Accident Attorneys at The Frank Santini Law Firm

Managing partner Frank Santini was born in Phillipsburg, NJ at Warren Hospital. He attended Muhlenberg College in Allentown and played football and threw the shotput. Attorney Santini used to represent big insurance companies for a large law firm, now he represents innocent victims of car accidents and other personal injury accidents. He graduated at the top of his law school class and has been honored by his peers with recognition as AV-Preeminent, the highest rating an attorney can achieve. If you are looking for a car accident lawyer you can trust, call our PBurg car accident lawyers today for a free consultation. We have been called for car accidents, manufacturing defects in cars or trucks, pedestrian accidents, drunk driving accidents, motorcycle accidents, bicycle accidents, and tractor trailer accidents, and many other types of car crashes. With serious personal injuries like spinal cord injuries, protruding discs, skull fractures and brain injury, whiplash and soft tissue injuries, amputations, psychological and emotional trauma, you need a Phillipsburg personal injury lawyer. The Frank Santini Law Firm can help you deal with the hassle and nonsense that often accompanies insurance companies and other lawyers who get involved after a car accident – that way you can focus on getting healed and let us worry about the other guys.

What does a personal injury lawyer do in a car accident case?

When a driver is at fault for a car accident and causes the person he or she hit a personal injury, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is required to pay for the pain and suffering of the car accident victims. The job of the insurance adjustor for the negligent driver is to minimize the amount of money the insurance company has to pay for the personal injury accident. The best car accident lawyers out there in New Jersey and elsewhere will look at every angle of the personal injury lawsuit to try to persuade the insurance adjustor to give a fair financial settlement. Unfortunately some personal injury lawyers are just trying to get a quick settlement and have no interest in spending time on your personal injury case. That is why it’s important you have faith that your personal injury lawyer cares about your cases and doesn’t look at you like another number. It’s important that your personal injury case gets personalized attention and is not just “one of a million” cases that the personal injury law firm may have in its files.

Our Phillipsburg car accident lawyers aim to give you the best opportunity to recover compensation and get justice.  So, if The Frank Santini Law Firm wants to bring in another attorney to help with your car accident or truck accident case, it will not cost you anything.  The Frank Santini Law Firm will take less of a percentage if we win the case so that you still get the same amount of compensation for your injury that you would have gotten if only one law firm was handling your case.  The Frank Santini Law Firm will first work to reach a fair settlement with all possible insurance carriers. If the opposing insurance companies do not cooperate and offer just compensation for your personal injuries, Frank Santini or a co-counsel accident attorney will not hesitate to begin litigation on your behalf. Our experience and reputation often helps lead to a successful negotiation of fair compensation for our injured clients. We pride ourselves on relieving the financial stress our clients may be enduring, as quickly as possible.


Can I just handle my car accident case myself?

If you have serious personal injuries like broken bones, fractures, concussion, herniated discs, ruptured discs, amputation, torn ligaments, or the like, it is absolutely imperative you seek a personal injury attorney to help you get the maximum financial compensation. That aside, if your personal injuries are minor, then you may be able to handle your car accident case yourself. When we write handle your car accident case yourself, we are not advising that you should represent yourself in court. We are referring to the pre-lawsuit efforts to get a settlement from the insurance company of the driver that hit you. Occasionally, if the facts are straightforward and the insurance company is cooperative you can get a couple hundred dollars and sometimes even a couple thousand dollars from the insurance company for your pain and suffering for your minor personal injury. But, if the insurance companies are not cooperating and offering just financial compensation for your personal injuries, then you need car accident attorneys to bring the case to court. Insurance companies have employees called “adjusters” or “adjustors” who make the decision on how much financial compensation to offer to settle your personal injury case. When these insurance adjusters know that you are represented by a good personal injury attorney and that your personal injury lawyer isn’t afraid to go to trial, it will typically put you in the best position to settle your case for a fair amount of money. The reason is simple: the insurance adjuster can’t take advantage of you if you have a good personal injury attorney working for you.

What does a car accident lawyer actually do to help me win my car accident case?

A great car accident lawyer is like the Sherlock Holmes of car accidents, except imagine Sherlock Holmes with a bunch of assistants (including Dr. Watson of course!) to help him put together his theories to solve the case. Car accident lawyers often hire private investigators to research the driver who hit you. Car accident attorneys sometimes need to hire accident reconstruction experts to be able to show the car accident was not your fault and how the accident caused your personal injuries. Phillipsburg, NJ personal injury lawyers also conduct a lot of legal research to understand the nuance of legal implications that affect your case. Car accident lawyers must understand how to bring a case through the legal system without hiccups. There are a lot of experts and help along the way to make this happen, but the best car accident lawyers know how to put it all together to help you win your case. At The Frnak Santini Law Firm, we cannot ethically tell you we are the best car accident lawyers in Phillipsburg. In fact no personal injury lawyer or any kind of lawyer is supposed to say they are the best. But what we can represent to our clients and potential clients is that we have hard-working attorneys and we also work with excellent attorneys from other personal injury law firms who have often handled the specific type of accident that happened to you or your loved one.

Looking for personal injury lawyer who will speak to me like a normal person.

We aren’t afraid to use “colloquial” language here at The Frank Santini Law Firm, and we will keep it real with you. Managing partner Frank Santini often gives his personal cell phone out to our clients so they can contact him 24/7. We promise you’ll never feel like you’re being talked down to at The Frank Santini Law Firm. Our Phillipsburg car accident lawyers will be “straight up” with you and take as long as you need to answer any question that you have in a way that makes sense to you.

How do I find witnesses to my car accident to testify?

Our Phillipsburg personal injury attorneys will help you uncover any available evidence, including tracking down witnesses and police officers to your car accident. Often police officers who worked the scence of the car accident have a list of witnesses. In other cases, the witnesses we do know about will have info leading to the discovery of additional witnesses. With technology the way it is today, there is often video surveillance camera near the car accident scene that may have caught footage of the accident or the license plates of at-fault drivers or witnesses. Our PBurg car accident lawyers and other car accident attorenys we work with have a network of private investigators to help gather important evidence for your personal injury car accident case.

Does a personal injury attorney pay for medical experts or car accident reconstruction in my personal injury case?

If The Frank Santini Law accepts your case, we typically work with a partner law firm who specializes in the type of car accident that you or your loved one experienced. If we accept your personal injury or wrongful death car accident case, it is because we and our partner personal injury law firm is prepared to invest in helping you seek financial compensation for whatever devastating personal injuries or wrongful death loss you have experienced. Our partner personal injury law firms work with experts like car accident reconstruction experts, car accident injury experts, automobile insurance experts, orthopedic doctor experts, psychology experts, and experts in the field of economics.

Now you may be asking yourself, “why would I need an economics expert for a car accident case?” The reason is if you or your loved is unable to work because of the personal injury, or your loved one has tragically passed away from his or her injuries from the car accident, the economics expert helps the court figure out how much money you or your loved one would have made for the rest of your life if not for the car accident. Another example of a question we often get is “what does an accident reconstructionist do?” Well, for example, an accident reconstruction expert will examine the damage to the vehicles, measure skid marks, and review weather and road conditions to help us understand exactly what caused and what happed in the Hackettstown personal injury car accident. Any good personal injury lawyer will front the money for your expert to help win your car accident lawsuit. If you win your lawsuit, the money for experts will come out of the proceeds, but, don’t worry, if you have a good personal injury attorney and he or she tells you they are going to hire an expert, it’s because the personal injury lawyer knows hiring the expert will help win your personal injury lawsuit or wrongful death lawsuit in NJ.

What To Do After a Phillipsburg Car Accident

You’ll hear a lot of unscrupulous advertisements out there about calling a Phillipsburg personal injury lawyer immediately after you’ve been in a car accident. But, let’s be real, the first thing you should always do, no matter what, is to make sure you and your loved ones and/or passengers are okay. Making sure your loved ones are fine may mean you need to move your car out of oncoming traffic very carefully. With regard to personal injury in a car accident, don’t make the mistake that a lot of people make after car accidents thinking they are just fine. Always, always, always go get medical treatment, whether you go to the hospital right after the accident or go see a doctor a few days afterwards, it is the most important thing to do. Quite frankly, even a minor rear-end collision can cause serious personal injury to your neck or back that you may not at first realize without the benefit of an MRI or CT scan.

Another mistake to avoid is to never, ever leave the scene of the car accident until you have exchanged insurance information with the other driver and talked to the New Jersey State Police, Phillipsburg Police or other police officer handling the car accident scene. Make sure to take down the information about the police officer working the scene, including his name and badge number. If you’re well enough and your cell phone has not been smashed in the car accident, take pics of all the cars involved in the accident, including license plates and skid marks.

After you’ve done all of the above after a car accident and everyone involved is being attended to by medical personnel, call a Phillipsburg Personal Injury Attorney for advice on your legal rights.

UBER CAR ACCIDENTS & LYFT CAR ACCIDENTS

Can I sue Uber (or Lyft) for car accident?

$1 million dollars in insurance is available for Uber passengers and Lyft passengers that have suffered personal injuries in an Uber or Lyft car accident. If you have been involved in an Uber car accident or Lyft accident, don’t sit on your legal rights. Our Uber accident lawyers in Phillipsburg can help you deal with the Uber or Lyft auto accident to make sure you get the money you deserve for your personal injuries. As always, if you have been involved in an Uber car accident or Lyft car accident, seek immediate medical attention. Then, call an Uber accident attorney. Our Phillipsburg Lyft car accident lawyers offer free consultations.

Is what happened to me in my car accident common?

In Phillipsburg, NJ, like the rest of the country, it is often driver “negligence” that causes personal injury car accidents. “Negligence” means the driver made a mistake or simply wasn’t paying attention. A common driver error that causes car accidents in PBurg and elsewhere is following too closely, leading to rear-end collisions. Another common driver error is a driver that fails to yield the right of way. The third common driver error is probably the most obvious driver error – speeding. When drivers are going too fast it is easier to lose control of the vehicle. Speeding also makes it more difficult for drivers to react to changing conditions on the road. You may have heard the term “traffic control device” or seen it on a traffic ticket. A “traffic control device” is just a fancy name for things like stop signs, stop lights, yield signs, etc. When drivers don’t pay attention or just simply disregard the traffic control device, it can obviously cause a personal injury accident. Finally and unfortunately, many Phillipsburg personal injury car accident cases happen because someone was driving under the influence of alcohol.

Can I sue the guy who rear-ended my car?

Rear-end collisions happen everywhere – on stop and go traffic like Route 22 and on highways like I-78. A rear-end collision car accident is when the front end of another car crashes into the backend of your car. As you may guess, this usually happens because the driver behind you wasn’t paying attention, typically he or she was on the phone. We also see a lot of rear-end accidents caused by tailgating and speeding on I-78 and I-287. Many of these New Jersey car accidents cause severe personal injury. If you have been injured in a rear-end auto accident please seek immediate medical supervision. It may not seem like it as first, but whiplash, and other neck and back pain can be a lot more dangerous than you realize.

Can I sue the tractor trailer semi truck that hit me?

Phillipsburg, NJ car accident litigation frequently involves commercial vehicles like semi trucks. Truck drivers aren’t perfect and sometimes they get distracted by their cell phones or GPS, too. In other scenarios, however, the car accident isn’t caused by distracted driving, the car accident is instead caused by some maintenance issue with the big rig. Truck drivers of tractor trailers are required to properly service and maintain the commercial vehicle. The same rule applies to buses and trains. When these big trucks are not properly maintained the personal injury accidents are often terrible, leading to wrongful death accidents. Tragically, we see a lot of tractor-trailer accidents on I-78 and Interstate 80. We also see New Jersey truck accident wrongful deaths on Route 22, Route 46, and other Warren County, NJ roads. Failing to maintain these semi-trucks is something that is frequently asked about in semi truck accident litigation. Call our Phillipsburg truck accident lawyers when you are dealing with the aftermath of a tractor trailer accident.

My car has a defect; can I sue the car company?

We hear about recalls all the time by the major car manufacturers. When car manufacturers become aware of a defect in one of their car or truck models, they have to tell the public about the manufacturing defect in the vehicle and then take steps to recall the motor vehicles for repair. On the whole, car companies try to do the right thing. Nonetheless, if a defect or broken part in a car caused a personal injury accident that defect is the car company’s fault, and the car company is liable for your damages. It is not just car companies like Ford, GM, Toyota, Hyundai, it is also the car dealers in NJ that are responsible for selling cars free from defects that could cause personal injury car accidents. If you believe you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a car accident that was caused by a defect in the car, call our car accident lawyers in Phillipsburg, NJ for a free consultation.

Can I still sue if the car accident happened in the snow and ice?

Naturally, car accidents are more likely to happen in bad weather like snowstorms and icy roads. Highways like Interstate 78 and Route 22 become more difficult to navigate in freezing weather. In these times, it can be very difficult for a driver to exercise the proper care to drive safely so as to not injure other drivers on the wet road. Despite the fact that is can be harder to drive safely in the snow and other bad weather, New Jersey drivers are still held to the same standards. New Jersey drivers must take into account the road conditions and drive accordingly. For example, NJ motorists who are driving UNDER the speed limit may still be going too fast given the icy conditions, and be held liable for any car accident they cause if they lose control of their vehicle. Driving too fast for the New Jersey weather conditions can be viewed as “negligent” by a Warren County judge or jury.

For careful drivers out there that are strict about not using their phones and avoiding other distractions while driving, it can be hard to believe that distracted driving can be just as common during bad weather. The traffic on I-80 and Route 33 is bad enough in heavy snow with stops and starts and slick roads. But when drivers are out there texting or playing around on Facebook, SnapChat or Instagram, it is a disaster car accident waiting to happen. If you’ve been hurt in a Phillipsburg car accident, contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at The Frank Santini Law Firm for a free consultation.

Who all can I sue for my personal injuries after a car accident?

Part of the job of a New Jersey car accident lawyer is to identify all the drivers who may have played a part in your car accident and identify the insurance company and insurance policy for each of these parties. Sometimes this means looking at your own car insurance policy if you have UM coverage, which is short for uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage. These car insurance policies will tell your car accident attorney what kind of compensation can be recovered. When you’ve been injured in a car accident, you can recover monies for lost wages if you missed time at work, pain and suffering, and medical expenses. You can even recover “future” medical expenses if your New Jersey personal injury attorney is experienced enough to prove what your future medical expenses will likely be.

In the rare case in which a car accident is NOT caused by the negligence of another driver, the best personal injury attorneys in New Jersey understand how to determine if there is a case against the car or truck company or auto dealer for manufacturer defects. Again, we’re not stating and cannot ethically state that The Frank Santini Law Firm is the best personal injury law firm in New Jersey, we’re stating that these are the types of qualities and questions you should be asking car accident attorneys and personal injury lawyers when you call their offices. In semi-truck cases, good personal injury lawyers know to pick through the truck driver’s hour logs and maintenance records with a fine tooth comb. Occasionally, your personal injury attorney will be examining the local town, city, county, or state to see if they are responsible for creating an unsafe condition such as inadequate surface lighting.

CAR ACCIDENT LAWYER IN PHILLIPSBURG, NJ

The PBURG car accident attorneys at The Frank Santini Law Firm handle cases throughout the entire United States on a contingency basis, which means you do not pay unless we win, and the personal injury lawyers are then compensated from a percentage of your winnings. If you are looking for an accident lawyer near Phillipsburg, NJ call our injury attorneys. Our offices are located in Riverview, FL and Phillipsburg, NJ.

If you or someone you know has been injured in a car accident, contact a Phillipsburg car accident lawyer at The Frank Santini Firm for a free consultation by calling 888-645-3055.