Car accidents occur more often than we would like to think. As a result, it is important to know how these accidents occur and what to do in the event of an injury. If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more.
How do Car Accidents Occur?
Car accidents can occur in any number of ways. Some accidents are due to faulty car parts, inclement weather, poor road conditions, and more. But, the most common cause of car accidents is driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:
- Driving while drowsy
- Distracted driving
- Texting while driving
- Driving while under the influence
- Failing to follow the rules of the road
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you have been injured due to the negligence of another driver, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred in order to recover the compensation you deserve. In order to do so, you should be sure to take pictures and videos at the scene of the accident. Additionally, you will want to seek medical attention right away. 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 the hospital, 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 is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within two years, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. Two years may seem like a long time, but if you are recovering from a serious injury, your legal matters may be the last thing on your mind. To avoid missing any important deadlines, contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
If you have been injured in a car accident in New Jersey, you will need the help of a dedicated attorney. Contact our firm to discuss your case today.
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.