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. These statistics may come as a surprise considering road traffic was down due to the stay-at-home orders and travel restrictions imposed throughout 2020. Because of this increase in traffic deaths, it is important to know how accidents are caused, how to avoid them, and what to do if you were to become injured. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New Jersey.
What Are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Car accidents can be caused by any number of factors, such as inclement weather, poor road conditions, or defective car parts. That being said, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Some of the most common examples of driver negligence include:
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Texting while 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 Should I do if I am Involved in a Car Accident?
If you are involved in an accident, there are a few steps you should make sure to take.
- Call 911. The police can call an ambulance, file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Document the scene. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document damage done to any vehicles/property involved.
- Seek medical attention. It is imperative that you visit the hospital immediately after an accident. This will provide you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents and bills.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, contact our firm to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney today.
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