Car Accident Attorneys In New Jersey
In 2016, 155 people died in car accidents in New Jersey. To date, in 2017, a total of 137 people have died in crashes in New Jersey. The New Jersey State Police indicates that, according to its statistics, deaths on New Jersey roadways have been increasing since 2013. New Jersey road traffic accident statistics indicate that, in 2006, the most fatalities took place with passenger vehicles, which were followed by light trucks and, then, motorcycles.
Many different issues may contribute to car crashes, including driving while not paying attention; driving when under the influence of alcohol or drugs; reckless driving and road rage; exceeding speed limits; driving while talking on a cell phone, texting while driving, playing smart phone games while driving; ignoring and disobeying traffic signals, rules, signals, and lights. Drivers may also become impaired due to dangerous weather conditions or due to drowsiness.
Parker Waichman LLP has a long and successful history in New Jersey representing car accident victims. Our New Jersey accident attorneys diligently work to determine the cause of the auto accident and pursue liable parties, create a viable strategy to receive compensation, manage insurance companies to ensure clients need not handle insurer negotiations, and to work to obtain the best results for our clients so they may focus on their recovery, family, lives, and career.
Different Types of Car Accidents
According to the U.S Census Bureau, the most dangerous and deadly of all motor vehicle accidents are head-on collisions. Related injuries may lead to serious physical devastation that may also lead to long-term or permanent disability or death.
Road rage accidents are extremely serious vehicular accidents that occur when driver is behaving with intentional disregard for the safety of other drivers and pedestrians while also being aware that his or her driving behavior may cause a potentially deadly vehicular accident. Specifically, road rage is an attack by one motor vehicle operator against the driver or passenger/passengers of another motor vehicle.
This behavior may lead to criminal charges. Aggressive driving is defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as a series of unlawful driving behaviors that include exceeding the speed limit; excessively changing lanes, improperly passing, and inappropriately changing lanes; and failing to signal. If you are being pursued by a driver who is behaving in a way that appears to be road rage, remove yourself from the area and do not make gestures, eye contact, or challenging reactions to the driver. Do report the behavior.
Texting, talking on a mobile phone, and gaming while driving have become among the most serious distractions for United States drivers and these behaviors have led to many deadly crashes in New Jersey.
High-speed driving crashes have been the cause of 30 percent of all deadly crashes in 2004, according to NHTSA. In high-speed crashes, the vehicle is subjected to such significant force that the car itself unable to protect passengers from harm. Rollover accidents may also cause serious and deadly injuries and may be the result of a defect in a road, or a vehicular design or manufacturing defect.
Another significant cause of car accident injuries and fatalities involves drunk drivers who are often speeding, driving under the speed limit, driving over the speed limit, turning into oncoming traffic and/or driving on the wrong side of the road, not stopping at red lights or stop signs, tailgating and rear ending vehicles, weaving in and out of traffic with no consideration to lanes, and ignoring yield and other road signs. In some cases, the alcohol supplier may be found to be negligent.
Side impact collisions are another form of serious vehicular accidents that are the cause of approximately 8,500 deaths each year. A side impact collision, also known as a t-bone collision, usually occurs at intersections when one driver fails to yield at, or ignores, a stop sign or red light. The severity of the accident depends on the oncoming vehicle’s speed and weight and at what point on the vehicle the car was hit.
Falling asleep at the wheel when driving has caused about four percent of all fatal crashes and hundreds of injuries every year. Truck drivers, specifically, are of considerable concern as they are known to drive when very tired or sleepy. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently implemented rules meant to limit the number of hours in which a driver is allowed to be on the road without taking a break to rest.
Car Accidents May Lead to Serious Injuries, Death
Parties harmed in a car accident may sustain expensive medical bills for serious and sometimes life-threatening injuries such as broken bones, lacerations, soft tissue damage, amputated limbs, head and brain injuries, neck injuries, spinal cord injuries, and death. Car accidents may also lead to serious problems for accident victims, their families, loved ones, and other passengers.
Some issues include emotional, financial, and employment damage, as well as long recuperation times, long periods of time spent in physical and psychological therapy, and hospital stays that may also last for long periods of time, even a lifetime. Some serious injuries may adversely change the life, health, and career of individuals who have been injured in a car crash.
Auto Accidents and Financial Injury
Auto accidents often leave injured survivors and survivors of potentially deceased victims facing unexpected and significant financial issues due to property damage, medical bills, lost wages, and the possible loss of future earnings. Many injured car accident victims may be left with no transportation and are faced with car rental costs, the purchase of another car, the necessity of using public transportation, or being unable to drive.
If You Have Been Injured in a Car Accident in New Jersey
If you, or someone you know, have been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, be sure to speak with one of the experienced personal injury auto accident attorneys at Parker Waichman who will help you understand your rights and provide a free consultation.
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