Many people are surprised to find that texting and driving has been deemed more dangerous than driving while drunk. According to the Federal Communication Commission, texting while driving is six times more likely to cause a car accident than drunk driving. Regardless, people continue to text and drive, despite the obvious dangers. If an injury occurs due to another party’s texting and driving, they may be considered negligent and held responsible. Read on to learn more about texting and driving accidents in New Jersey.
Common Car Accident Injuries
Car accidents in New Jersey can be quite serious and result in significant injuries. Some of the most common injuries that can occur from a car accident include:
- Broken Bones
- Vehicular Homicide
- Motor Vehicle Wrongful Death
- Brain Injuries
Fulfilling the Burden of Proof
If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you will have to prove that this negligence occurred and caused your accident. In order to do that, there are some important steps you should take:
- Call 911: The police can file an accident report, call an ambulance, conduct chemical tests, and more.
- Document the scene: One of the most important things you can do is take photos and videos at the scene of the accident.
- Obtain witness contacts: If anyone saw your accident occur, ask for their phone number and/or email address. They may be able to corroborate your version of events later on.
- Seek medical attention: Even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured, you should go to the hospital anyway. It is possible to have sustained an injury without realizing it. Additionally, this will allow you to obtain evidence of the origin and extent of your injuries. Ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
If you have been injured in a car accident due to another party’s negligence, you will have to file your claim within a certain amount of time. This deadline is known as a statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. This means that if you fail to file within two years, you will likely lose your opportunity to recover compensation. In order to avoid missing any important deadlines, make sure to contact an experienced personal injury attorney right away.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a texting and driving accident, contact our firm today. We are here to fight for you and help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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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.