If you suffer injury in a New Jersey auto collision, you will no doubt be speaking with police officers, health care workers, insurance agents and other support personnel. Car accidents often prompt personal injury claims in civil court. This is because state law allows recovering accident victims or immediate family members of fatally injured victims to seek compensation for damages when the evidence suggests the negligence of another was a causal factor in an accident.
Leaving an accident scene can have severe legal consequences. Fortunately, sooner or later, law enforcement catches up with most hit-and-run drivers who flee the scenes of car accidents. Following the death of a 21-year-old woman on a recent Thursday, the New Jersey State Police announced that the driver of a tractor-trailer was arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene after striking a woman on Route 95 in the Fort Lee area.
An investigation is underway to determine the circumstances that led to the deaths of five people in Rutherford. Investigations of deadly car accidents in which there are no survivors are typically more complicated. Reportedly, this tragedy occurred late on a recent Sunday night on Route 3.
Nothing causes more accidental deaths than road crashes. Countless numbers of injuries from car accidents send people in New Jersey and elsewhere to hospitals each year, many leading to disabilities or worse. Debilitating injuries such as head trauma can occur in assaults, sports activities and falls, but none of these come close to road accident injuries.
According to the Brain Injury Institute, falls are the primary cause of brain injuries nationwide. Auto crashes come next, though they are the primary cause of deaths due to head injuries. Whether they are closed or open wounds, head injuries could be life-changing or even fatal.
In New Jersey and across the country, people are suffering the consequences of untreated injuries. Often, car accidents that seem insignificant leave vehicle occupants with injuries that also seem insignificant. However, some injuries can remain hidden for weeks or months, and by that time, they are often not linked to the fender bender or other collision. This means that the damages might not be recoverable in a civil lawsuit because the person declined a trip to the hospital for medical evaluation immediately after the accident.
When a school bus was involved in a recent accident in New Jersey that involved two passenger vehicles, it was fortunate that there were no children on the bus. However, occupants of cars are typically worse off in car accidents in which a big rig or bus is involved. This was also the case in this accident that sent three injured people to the hospital.
Police in Fairfield recently encouraged New Jersey parents of teenagers with provisional licenses to have conversations about safe and responsible driving. Parents were also asked to make sure their teens comply with the legal restrictions for inexperienced drivers. Two car accidents in Fairfield that were caused by young drivers gave rise to the decision to issue the caution, although no lives were lost -- "by the grace of God," said the police spokesperson.
Injuries can change a person's life in ways that most people do not expect. While pain is often the first repercussion that pops into people's heads, injuries can also lead to high medical bills, lost wages due to being unable to work, loss of abilities and other hardships. As a result, when injuries result from car accidents, it is common for injured parties to seek compensation.
Amid the recent heavy snowfalls in New Jersey's center parts, safety authorities cautioned drivers about the hazards posed by snow squalls. According to the National Weather Service, snow squalls are short-lived, intense bursts of exceptionally heavy snowfalls. When they occur, the risk of car accidents is significantly higher.