Some people do not have a driver’s license. Others do not always have access to a car. Some prefer to carpool. Regardless of the situation, you may find yourself sitting in the passenger’s seat of a car. When we get in the car with someone, we expect them to drive safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and accidents do occur. If you are injured due to a driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about car accidents in New Jersey.
How Do Car Accidents Occur?
Unfortunately, car accidents are a common occurrence. Accidents can occur as a result of poor road conditions, inclement weather, or faulty car parts. But, for the most part, car accidents are a result of driver negligence. The most common examples of negligence include:
- Drowsy driving
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Failure to follow road signs and traffic lights
Can a Passenger Recover Compensation?
When it comes to car accidents, passengers can become seriously injured. If you are injured due to the driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred. It is important to take the following steps:
- Call 911. The police can help direct traffic at the scene of the accident to keep you and other drivers safe. Additionally, they can file an accident report, conduct chemical tests, and gather witness statements. This can be extremely helpful when it comes to a personal injury case.
- Seek medical attention. You may not feel like you have been seriously injured, but it is important to go to the hospital anyway. It is possible to have sustained an injury without realizing it. Going to the hospital makes sure your injuries are treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. At the hospital, make sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Document the scene. Before leaving, make sure to take photos and videos of the scene, including damage done to both cars involved. Even if the driver takes photos, it is important to have your own evidence.
- Obtain witness contact information. If someone saw your accident occur, you should obtain their contact information. You and the driver may have differing opinions on what happened to cause the accident, so a witness may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Retain the help of a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further evidence, including security camera footage and police reports.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a passenger in a car accident, contact our firm today to discuss your case.
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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.