Unfortunately, congestion and dangerous drivers, two staples of driving in New Jersey, are not likely to go anywhere. Between cars, trucks, buses and motorcycles hogging the road, it should surprise no one that accidents occur regularly. People can suffer from serious injuries as a result. While many factors may contribute to an accident, one of the most common is speeding. Yes, speed limits can be pesky, but they are there to protect us from shorter reaction times and higher collision speeds. If you or a loved one have experienced this firsthand, please read on, then contact an experienced Morris County automobile accidents attorney to learn how speeding contributes to auto accidents in New Jersey.
How does speeding contribute to New Jersey auto accidents?
If a driver is proven to have been traveling above the speed limit, it is relatively clear that they are the liable driver, because, while speeding, negligent drivers will often engage in the following unsafe behaviors:
- Unsafe lane changes: Speeding drivers may not look to ensure they are not driving into the path of another motorist. When people fail to check blind spots or fail to check at all, very serious accidents can occur.
- Ignoring traffic lights and signs: Because of their diminished capacity to respond to traffic lights and signs, negligent drivers are likely to collide with motorists who are following the laws.
- Failing to control speed to avoid a collision: Due to their high rate of speed, negligent drivers often fail to negotiate traffic and cannot stop in time to prevent a collision. These often result in rear-end accidents.
- Failing to account for weather conditions: Though always ill-advised and dangerous, speeding in inclement weather can be especially hazardous, because even if the driver brakes in time, the conditions of the road surface may prevent their vehicle from stopping.
What damages can you seek in a New Jersey auto accident?
In New Jersey, auto accident victims are able to sue for economic and non-economic damages, which are as follows:
- Rehabilitation therapies
- Co-pays and out-of-pocket medical expenses
- Medical devices
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium or companionship
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Regardless of your share of the fault and what damages you seek, you should reach out to a skilled Morris County personal injury attorney to fight for the compensation you deserve.
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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.