Whether or not a New Jersey traffic ticket will transfer to Pennsylvania, or if you can pursue compensation in a New Jersey traffic accident as a Pennsylvania driver, are much more complicated questions than they may seem. The short answer is “sometimes.” The laws that apply to these situations are incredibly complex.
We recommend enlisting the help of an attorney who is knowledgeable in the laws of both states to help you determine how they apply in your unique situation. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we offer free case consultations. Call us at 215-642-2335 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Serious Offenses Will Transfer to Your PA Record, But Lesser Charges May Not
Pennsylvania, along with all but five other states, participates in an agreement known as the Driver License Compact. This agreement allows these states to exchange information about a ticket or infraction in another state and take action in the driver’s home state.
According to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Pennsylvania only takes note of serious traffic offenses committed in another state. This may include:
- Vehicular homicide
- Failure to stop and render first aid
- Any felony involving a motor vehicle
Relatively minor offenses such as speeding, red light or stop sign violations, and other similar moving offenses do not transfer from New Jersey to Pennsylvania. The only exception to this is if you have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). All offenses transfer from state to state if you carry a CDL.
No matter the severity of the infraction, we recommend reaching out to an attorney who is familiar with the laws in both states to discuss your unique case. A guilty verdict on a single infraction can have a serious impact on your car insurance premiums or even cost you your license in some cases.
Pennsylvania Drivers Involved in a New Jersey Incident Could Face Insurance Complications
Thanks to the Deemer Statute, Pennsylvania drivers involved in New Jersey auto accidents are subject to the rules of the state in which the accident occurred. This can complicate these cases and make it necessary to consult a lawyer who understands the laws in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and can evaluate your PA auto insurance policies to help you understand your coverage and legal options under NJ law.
If you were at fault for the accident, you might be able to recover compensation through your PA personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, but you will likely want to discuss your situation with an attorney about your liability and to discuss any citations you received as a result of the accident.
If you were the victim of the NJ car accident, you might be able to:
- File a claim based on your NJ PIP benefits
- File a claim with the at-fault driver’s liability auto policy to cover your economic damages
Our team can help you understand more about the best way to pursue an insurance claim or another payout after a New Jersey car accident. Call us today at 215-642-2335 to get started with a review of your accident case.
Our Attorneys Can Help You Understand Your Legal Options for Compensation
Because of the complex nature of what happens after a traffic stop or traffic accident involving a Pennsylvania driver in New Jersey, we recommend talking to an attorney. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we can help you understand what to expect and help you pursue the maximum compensation allowable based on the facts of your case and the New Jersey laws.
We can help you prove your economic losses and file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to recover these damages. In general, New Jersey makes it very difficult or impossible to recover non-economic damages such as pain and suffering after a traffic accident that occurs in the state.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, we regularly represent Pennsylvania residents who suffered auto accident injuries or received traffic tickets in New Jersey. We understand the interplay between the laws in these two states and can help you navigate the process to recover compensation or protect your license.
Talk to an Attorney Who Handles Cases in Both Pennsylvania and New Jersey
The car accident attorneys from Cordisco & Saile LLC handle cases in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. We will review your case and guide you through the steps to pursue compensation as allowed by law. Call us at 215-642-2335 to discuss your concerns with a member of our team.