According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the increase in the rate of 2020 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. was the largest since 1924. The NSC estimates that 42,060 people have died in U.S. car accidents in 2020. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur, how to avoid them, and what to do in the event of an injury. Read on for more information regarding car accidents in New Jersey.
How Do Car Accidents Occur?
Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons, but the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving aggressively or recklessly
- Eating or smoking while driving
- Excessively speeding
- Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road
What Do I Do if an Accident Occurs?
If an accident occurs, it is important to do the following:
- Call 911. The police can file an accident report, collect witness statements, and conduct chemical tests.
- Document the scene. Before leaving the scene of the accident, make sure to take photos and videos. If possible, document any damage done to the cars involved.
- Seek medical attention. Many people attempt to avoid a trip to the hospital, but it is important to see a doctor. This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, you will need the help of an experienced personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather more proof of negligence, including security footage and police reports.
- File your claim on time. If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to file your personal injury claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm today.
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Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt due to another party’s negligence. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, please do not hesitate to contact our firm today.