According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the increase in the rate of 2020 motor vehicle deaths in the U.S. was the largest since 1924. More than 42,000 people are estimated to have died on U.S. roadways last year, the largest motor vehicle death tally in 13 years. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New Jersey and what to do in the event of an injury.
How Do Accidents Occur?
Some car accidents are due to inclement weather, hazardous road conditions, or faulty car parts. But, the majority of car accidents are caused by driver negligence. The most common forms of negligence include:
- Distracted driving
- Driving while under the influence
- Failure to follow road signs
- Failure to yield
What Do I Do After an Accident?
If you are involved in an accident due to another party’s negligence, there are some important steps to take. If possible, you should be sure to:
- Call the police. They can send an ambulance, file an accident report, and more.
- Ask the other driver for his or her insurance information. Be polite, but keep conversation to a minimum, and avoid apologizing for the accident, as this may be misconstrued as an admission of guilt.
- Ask anyone who witnessed your accident for their name, phone number, and email address, as they may corroborate your claim at a later date.
- Take pictures of the scene of the accident, including any damage to your vehicle, the other motorist’s vehicle, and any property that was damaged in the accident.
- Once you are transported to a hospital and treated, remember to ask your doctor for all medical bills/documentation associated with your injury.
- File your claim on time. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. If you fail to file within two years from the date of the accident, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. Contact an experienced attorney to avoid missing any important deadlines.
If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will need a dedicated personal injury attorney on your side. Contact our firm today to discuss your case.
Contact our experienced New Jersey firm
If you or someone you know has sustained an injury, whether on the job, on the road, due to a medical professional’s negligence, or otherwise, our firm is here. Rubenstein, Berliner & Shinrod, LLC has helped countless victims of negligence over the years, and we are ready to do the same for you. Contact our firm today so we can get started.