Millions of automobile accidents occur in the United States each year. There is a high likelihood that at some point most of us will be involved in one type of motor vehicle accident or another. Injuries that occur in car accidents range in their severity. Regardless of the extent of the injuries, those who are hurt in a car accident should see a doctor as soon as possible to assess the extent of the injuries and to document the conditions and how they were sustained.
Most car accidents in New Jersey happen on county or municipal roads, and not the highways. Rear-end collisions tend to be the most prevalent types of accidents. Other common types of accidents occur on blind curves, involve parked vehicles or fixed objects, or occur when one vehicle sideswipes another in an attempt to pass on either side.
Alcohol- and drug-related car accidents are still common in New Jersey. The state has enacted stricter laws regarding alcohol purchase and consumption.
The majority of car accidents are due to the negligence of one of the drivers. Drivers can be distracted, fail to follow traffic laws such as the speed limit, or fail to stop at stop signs/traffic lights, or pedestrian crosswalks. Everyone understands the role of traffic laws in ensuring public safety, but far too often drivers consider such laws as optional and not mandatory.
Road rage and tailgating also precipitate a significant amount of accidents in New Jersey and other states. Road rage can immediately place other road occupants in danger. A lack of emotional control can often lead to a loss of vehicle control.
No matter the cause of an accident, if you or a loved one has sustained an injury it would be well advised to consult with and possibly retain qualified legal counsel to assess your potential claim and protect your rights. Contact the car accident attorneys at Blume Fried Forte Zerres & Molinari by dialing (973) 635-5400 for a consultation.