Drivers in New Jersey are required to obey the rules of the road and drive in a reasonably safe manner. Unfortunately, this doesn’t always occur. In fact, a 2012 Forbes article said that New Jersey has the second worst drivers in the U.S., basing that claim on an Allstate Insurance study.
Drivers may engage in any number of dangerous behaviors, all of which can lead to auto accidents. When car wrecks happen, it is important to determine what type of accident occurred in order to determine who can be held legally responsible.
If you have been injured by a careless driver on one of our roads, you can seek benefits and compensation through a no-fault insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit. You may be eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit if you have lost a loved one due to another driver’s negligence.
An experienced car accident lawyer from Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., can review your case and help you to determine your options. Contact us today at 1-800-LAW-2000 or complete our online form. Our initial consultations are free and confidential.
Causes of New Jersey Auto Accidents
Some of the different types of auto accidents include:
- Drunk driving accidents – Sadly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 30 people die in the U.S. every day in a crash involving an impaired driver, which includes drivers impaired by alcohol (drunk drivers) and illegal or prescription drugs (drugged drivers). The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) says that 556 drivers died in alcohol-related crashes in New Jersey in 2010.
- Distracted driving accidents – Distracted driving involves any behaviors that take attention away from the road including using a cell phone, eating or drinking, interacting with passengers, putting on makeup or other grooming activities, reading maps or other materials, using a GPS, watching videos or interacting with car controls. According to Distraction.gov, crashes involving distracted drivers led to 3,450 deaths and 481,000 injuries in 2016. Distracted driving or driver inattention contributed to more than 804,000 traffic accidents from 2011 to 2015, New Jersey Department of Transportation statistics show.
- Texting while driving accidents – Using a cell phone to read or send text messages is one of the most dangerous things to do while driving. According to Distraction.gov, the risk of an accident while texting is 23 times greater than the risk when not driving distracted. This factor increases dramatically when speeding or alcohol is added to the mix.
- Speeding and aggressive driving accidents – According to a NHTSA study, “Speeding is one of the most common contributing factors to traffic crashes.” The study found that 55 percent of speeding-related crashes involve drivers going over posted speed limits, while the remaining 45 percent occur when drivers are going too fast for road conditions such as rain, fog, snow or ice.
- Side impact collisions – There are three different types of side-impact collisions: Same direction sideswipes (two cars going in the same direction, and one makes an improper turn); Opposite direction sideswipes (two cars approaching from opposite directions that collide when one crosses the center line or goes the wrong way on a divided highway; and Right angle or “T-bone” crashes (one car is going straight, and the other comes from the right or left).
- Head-on collisions – These crashes occur when two vehicles approach in opposite directions and directly collide. Like opposite direction sideswipes, these accidents happen when cars are going in opposite directions and one veers over the center line or into the wrong lane. These head-on collisions are likely to cause the front airbag to deploy, saving lives and reducing injuries.
- Single car crashes – There are five different types of single car crashes. These include collisions with fixed objects such as telephone or utility poles, animals (such as deer), pedestrians, bicycles and non-fixed objects such as ruts, potholes or debris on the road.
- Multiple vehicle accidents – Although a multiple vehicle crash could refer to any crash with two or more cars, this term is generally used to refer to accidents where at least three vehicles are involved. These are sometimes called “chain-reaction collisions.”
- Truck accidents – These accidents are also common, but different laws may apply. For more information, please see our Truck Accidents section.
Our New Jersey Car Accident Lawyers Can Help You
Determining the type of New Jersey auto accident is important because drivers who cause an accident that produces injuries through their negligence should be held accountable.
An attorney will be able to assist you in making a claim for medical costs, lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional distress and other losses. You will have to prove both the negligence of the other driver and a direct link between the negligence and your injuries, so the sooner you contact a New Jersey car accident lawyer to help you begin collecting evidence, the better your chances of receiving maximum compensation.
Since 1981, the car accident lawyers and staff of Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C., have assisted individuals throughout New Jersey and New York who were injured due to another’s carelessness. We can help you, too.
Call us today at 1-800-LAW-2000 or complete our online form to schedule a free and confidential consultation. Our consultations can be by phone or by Skype, FaceTime or GoToMeeting. We can also meet at your home or in the hospital. You will not pay for our legal services unless you recover compensation in your case.