Car Accidents in New Jersey | What You Need to Know

Car accidents occur often and can have serious consequences. As a result, it is important to know how accidents are caused and what steps to take if an injury occurs. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New Jersey.

What is the Most Common Cause of Car Accidents?

The number one leading cause of car accidents in the United States is distracted driving. In fact, the National Safety Council reports that texting while driving is 6x more likely to cause an accident than driving drunk. While there are a number of ways an accident can occur, the majority are a result of driver negligence. Some important behaviors to avoid while behind the wheel include:

  • Texting while driving
  • Driving while under the influence
  • Excessive speeding
  • Eating/drinking/smoking while driving
  • Failing to follow the rules of the road

Partaking in the above can cause life-threatening accidents.

What Do I Do if I am Injured in a Car Accident?

If you are injured in an accident, there are some important steps to take:

  1. Call 911. The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
  2. Document the scene. If possible, take photos and videos of any damage done to all vehicles and property involved.
  3. Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information. They may be able to corroborate your version of events if need be.
  4. Seek medical attention. You should go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after the accident. This will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  5. Contact an experienced personal injury attorney. A skilled attorney may be able to obtain further proof of negligence, including security camera footage and police reports.
  6. File your claim on time. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing 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, you will need the help of a dedicated personal injury attorney. Our firm is here to advocate for you each step of the way.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.