Every year, tens of thousands of people are injured in auto accidents in New Jersey alone. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation, there were over 61,000 injury-causing car accidents in 2017 and nearly 600 fatal collisions the same year. Sadly, many car crashes are the result of negligence.
If you suffered serious injuries in a car accident and you believe someone else is at fault, we encourage you to reach out to our team of experienced New Jersey car accident attorneys as soon as possible. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries and other losses.
When Negligence Leads to Serious Auto Accidents
As previously mentioned, car accidents are commonly caused by negligence. Driving a large, heavy motor vehicle requires skill, precision, and care, but far too many motorists are distracted, careless, or even reckless—often with devastating consequences.
Some of the most common causes of car accidents that can be attributed to negligence include:
- Distracted driving, including texting or using a cell phone while driving
- Driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol
- Speeding, including excessive speeding and reckless driving
- Unsafe and/or illegal actions, such as running red lights or stop signs
- Failure to yield the right-of-way
- Following too closely, or “tailgating”
- Engaging in road rage behaviors, such as swerving in and out of lanes
- Defective or dangerous roadway design/construction
- Defective car design and/or defective auto parts, such as tires
This list is not exhaustive; if you were involved in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent actions, reach out to The Donnelly Law Firm to find out how we can help you fight for the fair recovery you are owed.
Understanding the Long-Term Effects of Car Accidents
Car accidents can have a lasting impact on your physical, emotional, and financial well-being. Even if you initially walk away from the accident with minor injuries, there may be hidden long-term effects that can develop over time. It is important to be aware of these potential consequences and take the necessary steps to protect your rights and seek compensation.
Some common long-term effects of car accidents include:
- Chronic pain and discomfort
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Depression and anxiety
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Permanent disabilities or impairments
At The Donnelly Law Firm, our experienced car accident attorneys understand the complexities of personal injury cases and are dedicated to helping you maximize your compensation. We will thoroughly investigate the accident, gather evidence, and build a strong case to hold the negligent party accountable for the long-term effects you have suffered.
What If You Share Some of the Fault for the Accident?
In cases where two or more parties are partially at-fault for an accident, the state of New Jersey follows what is known as the modified comparative fault rule. This rule only comes into play in cases that proceed to trial. There, a jury will be asked to determine the total amount of damages sustained by the plaintiff. They will then be asked to determine what percentage of fault lies with the plaintiff. This amount will be deducted from the total award.
For example, if you were rear-ended by someone who was texting and driving but your car’s taillights were out at the time of the accident, a jury may find you 10% at-fault for the incident. If your total damages amount to $10,000—including the cost of medical treatment you received for your injuries, lost wages from time taken off work to obtain treatment and recover, and general pain and suffering—you will only be able to recover 10% less than the full amount, or $9,000.
Seeking Medical Treatment After a Car Accident
After a car accident, it is important to seek medical treatment even if you do not feel any immediate pain or symptoms. Some injuries may not become apparent until days or even weeks after the accident. Additionally, seeking medical treatment immediately after an accident can help to document any injuries and establish a clear link between the accident and your injuries.
Our team at The Donnelly Law Firm recommends seeking medical treatment from a healthcare provider as soon as possible after a car accident. This may include:
- Visiting an emergency room or urgent care center
- Scheduling an appointment with your primary care physician
- Consulting with a specialist, such as an orthopedist or neurologist
Documenting your injuries and obtaining medical treatment can not only help you recover from your injuries, but also strengthen your case if you choose to pursue compensation for damages. Our team can assist you in navigating the legal process and maximizing your compensation after a car accident.
Contact Us for a Free Consultation
Serious car accidents can and often do have long-lasting effects. The Donnelly Law Firm can help you fight for the compensation you are owed to help you begin the healing process and start moving forward with your life. We assist victims of all types of vehicle accidents, including car, truck, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian-auto accidents. With over 50 years of combined experience and more than $140 million successfully recovered for our clients, our New Jersey car accident attorneys will help you navigate the legal process.