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Q: how long do I have to file a claim with a former employer for an auto accident I was in while working with them
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Oct 9, 2019

More information is needed but generally you have two years but that would also depend on who your employer is so speak to a lawyer.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Who is at fault when someone opens their door onto oncoming traffic and an accident occurs?

I was driving down a street when out of nowhere a man opened his door and it was too late for me to respond so I struck it. I parked my car to check it out and we called the police. A few minutes later his wife comes down and the first thing she says is “is that what the noise was?” When the... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Oct 4, 2019

You can always ask the police officer to change the police report but other than that there's not much you can do. Hiring a lawyer would cost more than what you would save.

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Q: I got two tickets for careless driving. hit ceiling (1) and backed out and hit car bumper. (2) do I get points for each

I was driving a rented cargo van

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 26, 2019

Yes you get a conviction and points for each for a total of 4 points. Get yourself a good lawyer and you can probably get rid of one of the tickets or maybe even all the points. Insurance companies hate this ticket so you would be wise to fight them. Most of us traffic ticket lawyers offer a... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents, Insurance Bad Faith and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: I hit a cyclist and didn’t make a police report. He is now claiming hit and run with body and property damage.

I hit a cyclist stopped my car and checked he was ok. He was fine just complained bike was damaged. No police called I didn’t make any police report. I now received a hit and run letter from a lawyer claiming property damage. What do I do. The cyclist came out in front of me on a roundabout.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 24, 2019

If charged by the police get yourself a good Criminal lawyer you will be facing loss of your license and jail time. If not charged but just received a letter from a lawyer notify your insurance company.

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Q: Does 39:5-51 and being a victim in a motor vehicle accident give grounds for pursuing legal action?

For example, if another driver was at fault, is the victim allowed to show up to court to press charges. Is the victim allowed to press charges based off the fact that they were attending work, missed out on hours, suffered injury, emotional distress and a loss of their vehicle.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 21, 2019

If you're looking to press charges for example in municipal Court you do not get money. If you're looking to get money and wages back you need to file a civil lawsuit in civil court. I suggest hiring a good lawyer if you're looking to do this, most of us offer a free in office consultation.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: I was injured in an auto accident on January 7, 2019, It was clearly not my fault, as indicated in the police report.

The other driver's insurance company has been contacting me nearly every week to settle the matter for $3,000. He tells me that I do not have much time left. I have a spinal cord injury which, although not too serious, has left me in pain to this day. What should I do and how much time do I have... Read more »

Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing answered on Jul 11, 2019

If you have a wreck and it happened in 2019, this year, you have 2 years so the guy was full of baloney.

Contact a member of the NJ Assn for Justice. If you don't have the names of any, let me know by phone and I can put you in touch with some.

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Q: I was injured in an auto accident on January 7, 2019, It was clearly not my fault, as indicated in the police report.

The other driver's insurance company has been contacting me nearly every week to settle the matter for $3,000. He tells me that I do not have much time left. I have a spinal cord injury which, although not too serious, has left me in pain to this day. What should I do and how much time do I have... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jul 3, 2019

Generally you have two years in which to bring an action for your personal injuries.

However that time can be shortened for example if a government entity is involved. You should never wait to seek out the assistance of a good lawyer, the sooner a lawyer get started on the case the more he...
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2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: Was cited for careless driving for an auto accident I was involved in. What does the state have to prove to convict?

The case is several years old and the cop did not witness the accident. Would the witnesses listed in the police report be required to testify or would the courts rely on the police report as evidence for trial. The reason I ask about that is the where the location of the witnesses live and would... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Jun 8, 2019

All the state needs is the police officer who came to the scene it's called accident reconstruction they do not necessarily need the witnesses unless they feel they have a week case. As for proof all they have to show is that you drove without due caution or circumspection so for example let's say... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents, Products Liability and Small Claims for New Jersey on
Q: If a company school van hit and scratched my mirror on my van while I was parked what claim should I choose.
Tim Akpinar
Tim Akpinar answered on May 27, 2019

It could be handled as a property damage claim against the bus company. Or it could possibly be handled as a first-party claim through your own carrier, depending on your policy. However, if it is a minor matter (you describe it as a scratch), it's possible it might not pass the threshold for the... Read more »

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Q: What should you do if you have an under-aged minor involved in a car accident without a licences?
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 20, 2019

More information is needed to properly answer your question, but if you were the injured one definitely seek out the assistance of a good lawyer the longer you wait the harder it will be to compensated for your injuries and at some point the statute of limitations will run and you will recover... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Traffic Tickets for New Jersey on
Q: Why am I just getting a notice about reexamination for my drivers license due to accidents that accured over a year ago
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on May 4, 2019

This is because the motor vehicle commission is notoriously slow, this is to your advantage as you were still driving.

2 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: The car inspection in New Jersey will fail you if there is blind spot mirror attached to the exterior back mirror.

Is that right? It just does not make any sense.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Apr 27, 2019

Unfortunately many of our laws don't make common sense.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents and Personal Injury for New Jersey on
Q: If a person gets into a car accident with a parked car, how long does the owner of the parked car have to file a suit?

Insurances were called and a claim was settled

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Mar 5, 2019

More information would be needed, but generally its up to 2 years, but it can be shorter even up to only 90 days depending on who you hit. Speak to a lawyer so you know exactly how long you have, because if you wait too long you may lose the right to recovery any monetary damages.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Can a tow truck company tow a vehicle after an accident without consent from car owner? If the vehicle is drivable?

I was in an accident this morning and was rushed to the hospital. My vehicle was left on the side of the road where the accident took place. It was in front of someones house after being ran off the road by another driver. The police called a towing company into action, without consent and now my... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 20, 2019

Its called public safety, but you have would have to examine/review the statues in your town to be sure.

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1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: What can any one do with Driver license photo over the mobile phone? on parking lot augment?

Yesterday, near East Hanover, NJ, in one of the shopping complex parking lot, my car door touched the other car parked, other car owner simply started arguing saying there are scratches due to my car door touch, i said it is nit due to my car door touch, then he stared saying my self i am cop and... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Feb 4, 2019

You should report the accident to the police, the fact that the other person copied your drivers license is not big deal in all honesty, because most of that information is a public record anyway.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Issued summons under 39:4-130 by NJ police- someone claimed that her car was hit by mine even though it was stationary

I parked my car at my office parking and was at work all day. I came back to my car to find a summons under 39:4-130 issued by NJ police on the dashboard. In the case report, someone claimed that her car was hit by mine even though my car was stationary (had not moved) in the entire time she... Read more »

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Dec 22, 2018

You need to plead not guilty and contest the ticket at court. If you had gotten a ticket for 39:4-129 (leaving scene of accident) I would have told you to definitely hire a lawyer as you could face jail time, this one only hire a lawyer if having a clean license is really important to you, however... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Public Benefits and Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: Are their any active red light cameras in the state of New Jersey, if not would that mean it is impossible to be given

If not would that mean it is impossible to get a red light ticket through the mail in NJ and you can only get one from being pulled over directly.

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Nov 18, 2018

red light cameras have been outlawed that automatically give you tickets but Amber still exist on red lights which cops can see an issue you a ticket by mail.

3 Answers | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: I was backing out my driveway &this car was parked but the front of his car was sticking out of my driveway.whos fault?

Who’s fault is it

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Oct 29, 2018

The answer depends on what a judge or jury would determine my guess it would be the fault of the person backing up.

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Q: I am a teacher and school workers hit my vehicle and damaged it while it was unattended, they say they are not liable?

they said due to title 59

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Oct 27, 2018

Of course they are liable. File a claim with your insurance company and let them handle it. Good luck.

1 Answer | Asked in Car Accidents for New Jersey on
Q: A nother driver totaled my car while parked, now she is claiming vehicle malfunction so her insurance or mine wont pay

I only had liability insurance so my insurance won't pay either...

H. Scott Aalsberg Esq.
H. Scott Aalsberg Esq. answered on Sep 28, 2018

I suggest hiring a lawyer but it may cost more for the lawyer than what you will recover.

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