What Are the Common Types of Negligence that Cause Car Accidents?

Car accidents can have severe life-long impacts on an injured party’s life. If you were hurt in one as a result of driver negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation. Contact our firm today to speak with one of our skilled New Jersey personal injury attorneys.

What are examples of driver negligence that cause car accidents?

There are a number of ways that car accidents can occur. Although, the most common cause is driver negligence. Our firm has frequently seen driver negligence in our auto accident claims. The most common types of driver negligence include the following:

  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving while fatigued
  • Tailgating
  • Texting and driving
  • Carelessly changing lanes
  • Speeding
  • Making illegal turns
  • Driving recklessly by ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road

What should I do after a car accident?

It is important that you take the following steps after a car accident if you would like to pursue legal action:

  1. Call 911. The police will be able to dispatch an ambulance, file an accident report, collect witness testimony and conduct chemical tests.
  2. You will want to gather contact information from any witnesses to your accident. Witness testimony can be important proof to have later on in your personal injury claim.
  3. Be sure to take many photos and videos of the damage done to all vehicles involved in the crash.
  4. Even if you do not feel injured, you must seek medical attention. In some instances, you can sustain an injury without knowledge, or have an injury that does not show symptoms until days or weeks later.
  5. Hire the services of a skilled personal injury attorney. With the guidance of an attorney, you can have confidence knowing that you have a legal professional on your side throughout the entire claims process.

How long do I have to file a claim for car accidents in New Jersey?

Personal injury claims in New Jersey are time-sensitive, meaning you will want to file your claim as soon as possible. If you were injured in a car accident due to another’s negligence and you want to pursue legal action, it is crucial that you promptly file your personal injury claim. The state of New Jersey has a statute of limitations of two years for most personal injury claims. This suggests that you are expected to file your car accident claim within two years from the date of the accident in order to receive the compensation you need.


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.

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