According to the National Highway Traffic Administration, car accidents happen every 60 seconds. Because accidents are so common, it is important to know how they are caused, and what to do if you are involved in one. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New Jersey.
What are the Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?
Car accidents occur extremely often. The majority of these accidents are due to driver negligence. The most common examples of 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 do I do After a Car Accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident, there are a number of important steps to take. First, be sure to call 911. The police can call an ambulance to the scene, file an accident report, and more. Next, make sure to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident, capturing the damage done to all vehicles and property involved. If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. You should visit the hospital immediately after the accident occurs. 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. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long do I Have to File a Claim?
If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to do so within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years. This means that if you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, you may be suffering physically, financially, and emotionally. Our firm is here to help you recover the compensation you need to heal. Reach out today to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney.
CONTACT OUR FIRM
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.