The most common cause of personal injury claims, serious car accidents can oftentimes leave life-altering physical, emotional, and financial hardships on the victim. Read more to learn about the most common causes of car accidents in New Jersey and how a Morris County car accident attorney at Lutz Injury Law can provide you with the proper representation for your personal injury case.
What are the frequent causes of car accidents in New Jersey?
Sometimes, car accidents are somewhat inevitable, with factors such as faulty car parts, poor road conditions, or inclement weather. However, the majority of accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence are as follows:
- Distracted driving, which includes using phones or other electronic devices without hands-free technology, or even eating, drinking, personal grooming, talking to passengers, and using a GPS.
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
- Driving while drowsy or fatigued.
- Reckless driving, which includes tailgating, carelessly changing lanes, speeding, or otherwise ignoring traffic lights, signs, and all other rules of the road.
What do I do if I am involved in a car accident?
If you are injured in a car accident, follow the below steps:
- Call the police. They will conduct a police report and bring medical attention. Be sure to collect these documents afterward.
- Collect the personal information and insurance information of the person driving the vehicle. This should include their name, contact information, driver’s license number, insurance company name, and insurance policy number. Additionally, collect any witnesses’ contact information.
- Take photos and videos of the scene of the accident, including injuries and damages.
- Employ the assistance of a Morris County personal injury attorney to help you receive the compensation you require for your injury.
To avoid a hit-and-run charge, it is important to not leave the scene until after you exchange information with the other party and until you receive permission to leave from a present law enforcement officer.
What is the statute of limitations for car accident claims in New Jersey?
The statute of limitations in New Jersey states that if you are injured in a car accident, you have 2 years from the date of the accident to take legal action against the negligent driver. However, the sooner you contact a Lutz Injury Law lawyer to help kickstart your case, the better.
CONTACT OUR MORRIS COUNTY FIRM
If you have been the victim of the negligence of another in an accident, please contact my office as quickly as possible following the subject accident. It is important to consult with us early on so that we may begin the process of fighting for your rights in regard to any potential claim that you may have. The process is complicated and requires the expertise of a qualified New Jersey personal injury attorney. Contact Lutz Injury Law today.