What if I am Involved in a Car Accident in New Jersey?

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What if I am Involved in a Car Accident in New Jersey?

Driving your car likely feels like no big deal. It is an easy way to get from point A to point B. Most of us drive somewhere daily, whether it be to work, a friend’s home, or to run errands. For the most part, getting into an accident is not at the forefront of our minds. But, car accidents are a common occurrence. As a result, it is important to know how car accidents are caused so you can avoid them. It is also important to know what to do if you are involved in a car accident. 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 conditions, poor road conditions, negligent road design, or even faulty or defective car parts. However, 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

It is important to avoid partaking in any of these activities while driving.

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.

  • Contact the police and file an auto collision report
  • Obtain proper medical care for any injured persons
    • Even if you do not feel injured, it is a good idea to get checked out anyway. You may be injured without realizing it.
  • Do not leave the scene of the accident until you have gathered all of the necessary contact information
    • You will need the contact information of the other party. Additionally, if you can gather the information of any witnesses, do so– They may be able to provide witness statements. If possible, you should take photos and videos of the accident, documenting any damages to your vehicle and the conditions of the road.
  • Do not discuss the accident or your injuries to anyone other than the police, your doctor or your lawyer.
    • It can be difficult, but you should avoid apologizing for the accident. Whether you are to blame or not, an apology can be seen as an admission of fault. You should also refrain from posting on social media. 

If you or a loved one is involved in a car accident, you will want to contact a skilled personal injury attorney.

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Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.