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Texting and Driving Accidents in New Jersey | What to Know

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It may come as a surprise, but according to Federal Communication Commission, driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving. Regardless of the dangers of texting and driving, people continue to do so. In fact, distracted driving is the leading cause of car accidents in the U.S. Because these accidents are so common, it is important to know what to do in the event that you are involved in a car accident due to another driver’s distracted driving. Read on to learn more about texting and driving accidents in New Jersey and what to do if an injury occurs.

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred and caused your accident. This may sound difficult, but there are multiple ways to provide this proof. One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Be sure to document any damage done to all cars and property involved in the accident. You should also seek medical attention right away. This may seem like a given, but many people attempt to recover at home, without seeing a doctor. Going to the hospital will ensure that your injuries are treated by a medical professional, while simaltaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving the hospital, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents. Lastly, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away. A skilled attorney can help gather further evidence and walk you through the process.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to take legal action for your injury, 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 accident is generally two years from the date of the accident. If you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. You should retain the help of an experienced personal injury attorney to ensure that you do not miss any important deadlines.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, contact our firm today.

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Currently, it is unclear whether employees will have the right to file COVID-19 workers’ compensation claims, however, if the time comes where this becomes legislation, our firm is here to help. As we learn more, we will bring this information to you. Contact Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod today to learn more.

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