Types of Negligence in New Jersey Car Accidents

Types of Negligence in New Jersey Car Accidents

There are several busy roads and highways throughout the state of New Jersey. These can become congested with many vehicles all at once, making it crucial for drivers to operate their vehicles safely. All drivers who get behind the wheel of a vehicle have a legal responsibility to follow the rules of the road. This protects not only them but everyone else sharing the road with them. Unfortunately, this is not always the case and accidents happen. These accidents can be very serious and cause life-changing injuries.

Sometimes, accidents may be caused by a mistake or careless driving. When a person becomes injured due to the negligence of another driver, they may want to hold the individual responsible for their injuries. This can be done by pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. It is important to have an experienced attorney during this time to navigate the process.

Types of Negligence

There are many actions that can be classified as driver negligence. However, they can be categorized into two main types of driving: dangerous and distracted driving. A person is driving dangerously when they fail to abide by the rules of the road. Actions that are considered dangerous driving can include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, unsafe passing, failure to abide by stop signs and lights, street racing, driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and more.

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in the United States. Drivers are required to pay attention to the road and other vehicles around them. If they become distracted they can lose sight of the road and cause an accident. A common distraction behind the wheel is the use of a cell phone or other electronic devices. Drivers use their phone as navigation, to make or receive phone calls, listen to music, send a text or email, or search the internet. Other distractions can include eating, looking for something in the car, or speaking to other passengers.

Proving Negligence

When a driver acts negligently on the road, they are putting other drivers at risk for serious injuries or even death. If a person sustains an injury due to a driver’s negligence, that driver may be held responsible. The injured party must satisfy the burden of proof to prove negligence. Doing so requires them to collect evidence that shows the accident and their injuries were a direct result of the driver’s actions. Evidence can consist of a police report from the scene of the accident, medical documentation of the injury, pictures and videos of the accident, or any witnesses.

Contact our Firm

If you or someone you know was involved in a personal injury accident and wishes to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.

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