The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that more than three million people are injured in car accidents in the U.S. each year. In New Jersey, there were 290,212 traffic accidents and 21,022 fatalities from passenger vehicle crashes in 2014 alone, according to the NHTSA and the New Jersey Department of Transportation. No matter what type of crash you were involved in, the South Jersey car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm can provide you with experienced legal representation for your personal injury case.
Common Types of Car Accidents
Depending on the type of accident that occurred and the circumstances surrounding it, car accident victims may suffer various injuries ranging from minor to serious, such as amputations, brain injuries, burns, head and neck injuries, lacerations, paralysis, and permanent disfigurement. If you suffered injuries from a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced car accident attorney should be able to help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Some of the most common types of car accidents we have seen include:
- Head-on collisions
- Hit and run accidents
- Multiple vehicle accidents
- Rear-end collisions
- Side-impact collisions
- Sideswipe collisions
- Uber / Lyft accidents
- Vehicle rollover accidents
Common Causes of Car Accidents
Sometimes, car accidents are caused by factors out of drivers’ control. However, most motor vehicle crashes are caused by driver error. Here are some of the most common causes of car accidents:
- Aggressive driving: Aggressive drivers endanger the lives of themselves and those around them by failing to follow traffic laws. Aggressive driving often escalates to road rage, according to the NHTSA. Road rage refers to behaviors such as hitting another vehicle purposely, running another vehicle off the road, engaging in a physical altercation, or using weapons against another driver.
- Auto defects: Sometimes car accidents are caused by auto defects, including airbag malfunctions, broken accelerator controls, steering components, and wiring system issues. Although the NHTSA recalls vehicles that have defects or do not meet federal standards, sometimes buyers are unaware of the recalls until a crash happens.
- Distracted driving: Approximately 3,450 people suffered fatal injuries in distracted driving accidents in 2016, according to the NHTSA. Because it is one of the most underreported causes of car accidents, it is suspected that those numbers are much higher. Cell phones, infotainment systems, and other emerging technologies increase the risk of distracted driving car crashes.
- Drowsy driving: Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving because drowsy drivers display the same performance impairments as drunk drivers. Missing two or three hours of sleep a night quadruples one’s risk of getting in a car accident, according to AAA. The NHTSA reports that at least 100,000 police-reported wrecks per year are due to drowsy driving.
- Drunk driving: Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs causes delayed reaction time, impaired judgment, and decreased alertness. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 29 people suffer fatal injuries each day in the U.S. due to alcohol-related driving accidents and 40 percent of traffic victims are people other than the drunk driver.
- Poor weather conditions: The Federal Highway Administration reports that more than 1.5 million highway crashes each year are attributable to poor weather conditions. Snow, sleet, rain, fog, and high winds are just a few examples of poor weather conditions that can lead to car accidents.
- Speeding: Speeding is a common cause of accidents, especially amongst teenagers. Speeding accidents can cause catastrophic injuries due to the high rate of speed and result in heavy impact.
South Jersey Car Accident Lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm Represent Victims Injured in Car Accidents
If you were injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, contact the South Jersey car accident lawyers at the D’Amato Law Firm. Collectively, we have represented car accident victims for over 50 years. From our office in Egg Harbor Township, we serve clients throughout southern New Jersey, including Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, Gloucester County, Burlington County, Salem County, Camden County, and Ocean County. To discuss your case, call us at 609-926-3300 or contact us online.