Top NJ Auto Accident Attorneys
A car accident is a traumatic and often devastating event. Vehicle accidents can have a huge toll on your health and well-being—everything from physical pain to emotional trauma to financial losses.
In the state of New Jersey, an average of 1.6 people are killed daily by car accidents. In 2012, there were a total of 284,062 car accidents; the same year, there were 553 fatal car accidents that resulted in 589 deaths, according to the New Jersey State Police. There are nearly 40,000 miles of public open roads in the state, adding up to one death per 66.6 miles.
If you or a loved one was injured as a result of another driver’s negligence, contact an experienced personal injury lawyer. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi can help you get the compensation you deserve for emotional and physical pain.
MDL won a case for $7,000,000 for a 23 year old alleged to have been running across a four lane highway in the middle of a block and against a green light when struck by an oncoming motorist. She suffered brain injury resulting in severe cognitive and motor impairment and a speech defect, leaving her totally disabled and dependent on caregivers.
Causes of Car Accidents
The cause of a car accident is not always apparent right away. However, many car accidents have preventable causes.
Driving under the influence is a major, devastating cause of car accidents. Of all fatal car accidents, 28.7 percent of drivers had consumed alcohol to some extent, according to New Jersey police data. Drunk driving has cost New Jersey taxpayers more than $1 billion, plus immeasurable emotional pain and suffering. Consuming alcohol, even in small amounts, decreases reaction time, dulls the senses, and affects judgment, vision, and alertness.
Operating a motor vehicle with a Blood Alcohol Concentration of 0.08 percent or greater is grounds for a drunk driving arrest; however, if you consume any amount of alcohol and your driving is negatively affected, you could be convicted of drunk driving. More than 1.2 million drivers were arrested in 2011 for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics. About one-third of all drunk driving offenders are repeat offenders, and it is estimated that only one arrest occurs for every 772 drunk driving occurrences.
Distracted driving is another major problem in the U.S. More than 9 people are killed and more than 1,000 people are injured every day in distraction-related crashes, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of all car accidents in 2011, 10 percent were reported as distraction-affected crashes. Distracted driving led to 3,331 fatalities in 2011, plus an additional 387,000 injuries. Of those injury crashes, 21,000 injuries were a result of of cell phone use; cell phone-related distractions caused nearly 400 deaths in 2011 alone. Whether the distraction is visual, manual, or cognitive, distracted drivers are a major hazard on U.S. roadways.
Texting while driving is a particularly troubling type of distracted driving. At any given moment, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or other electronic devices while driving. Reaching for a phone, dialing, or texting increases the risk of crashing by three times. Texting causes a driver to take his or her eyes off the road for an average of 5 seconds; if traveling at 55 miles per hour, 5 seconds is equivalent to traveling the length of a football field blindfolded.
Other causes of car accidents include:
- Defective car parts
- Rear-end collision
- Tire blowout
- Weather-related collision
- Driving in the snow
- Failure to obey traffic signals, improper lane change
- Reckless or careless driving
- Deployed airbag injury
- Unsafe roads
- Red light accident
Types of Car Accidents
Certain types of car accidents are more likely to cause serious injuries and even death. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have experience representing victims of:
- Rear-end collision
- Drunk driving
- High-speed collision
- Pedestrian accident
- Uninsured motorist accident
- Vehicle rollover
- Tire blowout accident
- Not-at-fault accident
- Snow-related collision
- Side impact collision
- Head-on collision
Possible Injuries from Car Accidents
Depending on the type and severity of the accident, a crash can result in a variety of different injuries. While some are temporary, some accident-related injuries can be lasting or even permanent.
Brain and head injuries are a common result of car accidents. The trauma and impact of a car accident puts the brain at risk for movement within the skull. If the victim’s head is hit or hits another object, it can cause a traumatic brain injury. Car accident victims are also at risk for other head injuries, like concussions, even if there is no visible sign of trauma.
Neck injuries are another common result of car accidents, and they can have severe, lasting effects. Mild neck injuries from car accidents include whiplash and neck strain. Car accident victims can suffer from a neck sprain, neck strain, cervical radiculopathy (pinched nerve), or herniated disk.
Spinal cord injuries are the result of displaced bone fragments, disc material, or ligaments tear into or bruise spinal cord tissue. If nerve cells are damaged, communication between the brain and rest of the body can be interrupted, resulting in a loss of feeling or function for the victim.
Back injuries are a result of the impact and trauma of an accident. The impact of a crash can cause sprains, strains, fractures, disc injuries, lumbar radiculopathy, thoracic spine injuries, and lumbar injuries. Back injuries may not be immediately apparent, and they can cause long-lasting pain or discomfort.
Facial injuries can be caused by contact with a steering wheel, dashboard, airbag, car seat, side window, or shattered glass. Facial injuries include bruises, lacerations, dental injuries, and Temporomandibular disorders of the jaw (TMJ).
Internal injuries can occur after a jarring incident like a car accident. Common internal injuries include injuries to the kidneys, spleen, liver, lungs, heart, or aorta. Fractured ribs can also cause punctured lungs or damage to other organs.
Psychological injuries can develop after a car accident. Victims can suffer from emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder, persistent anxiety, or depression, all of which have long-lasting negative effects on many aspects of a person’s life.
Statute of Limitations for Car Accident Lawsuits
The statute of limitations for personal injury cases in New Jersey is two years. In other words, from the date of the car accident, you have two years to file a lawsuit against another driver. If you fail to file suit within those two years, New Jersey courts can refuse to hear your case and you could lose out on compensation.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one was injured in a car accident due to another driver’s negligence, it is important to contact an experienced lawyer as soon as possible. Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have more than 80 years’ worth of combined experience in trial law. They have won several major car accident lawsuits, including nine verdicts or settlements of more than $1 million.
Contact Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi at (201) 585-9111 or online through the Quick Inquiry Form. Your initial consultation is always free and confidential, and there are no fees until your case is won.
Preventing Car Accidents: If you are involved in a car accident in New Jersey, following a few simple steps can help protect your rights and prevent additional injuries or damage.