When people do not have their own license or vehicle, they often rely on other people to help get to where they need to go. In doing so, they trust the person driving them will be safe. While this is usually the case, it is possible for a car accident to happen at any time, anywhere. When it does, this can lead passengers to experience significant physical, emotional, and financial suffering as a result. It is because of this that passengers can hold a driver liable for negligence. Continue reading below to learn more and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney for assistance with your case.
What are Common Causes of Car Accidents?
All drivers are required to follow the rules of the road. If they do not, it is considered driver negligence. This is a common cause of car accidents in New Jersey. There are many actions that are considered negligence, including:
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Reckless driving or speeding
- Drowsy driving
- Texting and driving
What Do I Do After an Accident?
After an accident, there are certain steps that should be taken to secure a personal injury claim. The first step is to contact the necessary emergency services immediately. This ensures that medical attention is received and law enforcement can draft a police report of the incident. While this is helpful for evidence, injured parties should also gather their own evidence. This can include pictures or videos of the scene, gathering witness testimony and contact information, etc. This can be used in court later on to help prove a claim.
How Can I Recover Compensation?
When an injured passenger wants to pursue legal action after a car accident, they must file a personal injury claim. In order to be successful and recover compensation, they are required to prove the driver was negligent and this was the direct cause of the injuries they sustained. Recovered compensation can be both economic and non-economic. Economic damages cover any financial burdens, such as medical expenses, lost wages, lost future wages, medical equipment, and more. Non-economic damages are for non-financial burdens, such as emotional distress, loss of independence, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact our Firm
We understand the impact a serious injury can have on an individual’s life. If you have been injured in New Jersey due to another party’s negligence, please do not hesitate to speak with an experienced attorney who can assess your situation and guide you through your legal options. Contact our firm today to learn how we can help.