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New Jersey Car Crash Involves Red Light Runner

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 14, 2014

A 50-year-old Washington man was injured in a New Jersey car accident when a 2011 Ford Fiesta went through a red light and struck his 2012 Hyundai Elantra. According to a news report in The Hunterdon Review, the injury accident occurred at Route 31 and Payne Road. Officials say the 58-year-old Pennington man who was driving the Ford ran through a red light and struck the Hyundai, which had a green light. The driver of the Hyundai sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The driver of the Ford was issued a summons for failure to obey a traffic control device.

All drivers in New Jersey are required to obey traffic control devices. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-81: “The driver of every vehicle, the motorman of every street car and every pedestrian shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto.” Drivers who cause an accident by violating the rules of the road can face a citation from the authorities as well as civil litigation from the injured victims.

If a driver ran through a red light and injured you, make sure you call the police right away. They may issue a summons to the at-fault driver, which will likely strengthen your claim. If the driver is not cited, however, you can still pursue compensation by providing your own evidence. Take photos of the crash site, collect contact information from anyone who witnessed the accident, and research your legal options.

A successful personal injury claim against a careless driver can result in monetary support for all of your financial and nonfinancial losses, including:

  • Wages lost during recovery
  • Medical expenses
  • The cost of hospitalization, surgery, and rehabilitation services
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of earning potential
  • Other related damages

In cases where it is clear who was responsible for the crash, the at-fault driver’s insurance provider may offer a quick settlement to make the case go away. If you are offered a settlement, make sure you consider all of your options before making a decision that could affect your personal and financial future. An experienced Princeton personal injury lawyer will help guide you through what can become a complex legal process.

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