New Jersey highways can be dangerous places. You likely agree, especially if you’ve ever been on one during rush hour. Many drivers are in a hurry and even impatient, a combination that is often a recipe for disaster. Many drivers do things they shouldn’t while behind the wheel, which could place you at risk for personal injury.
If a car hits you at an intersection, for instance, because another driver failed to stop at a red light, the driver’s negligence might cause you to wind up in the hospital. Distracted drivers and driver intoxication often lead to collisions that result in serious injuries to others. Even if you notice a potential problem on the road, there is no guarantee you’ll be able to react quickly enough to avoid a crash.
You might not be behind the wheel of a car when another vehicle hits you. You could be traveling as a passenger in someone’s vehicle or walking across a road. Sometimes, pedestrians on sidewalks near a roadway are hurt by vehicles that jump curbs and slam into them.
If you suffer personal injury in a motor vehicle accident — whether you’re the driver, passenger or a pedestrian — the first concern is any need for medical care. Injuries are not always immediately apparent, which is why it may be best to go to the hospital even if you think you’re feel okay. Moderate to severe injuries often necessitate taking time off work to recover, which, in addition to medical bills and other expenses associated with a collision, can cause undue financial distress. New Jersey law allows recovering accident victims to file personal injury claims in civil court when the causal factor in a particular incident was another person’s negligence. Zucker, Steinberg & Wixted are an experienced team of trial attorneys who can provide strong support as you seek compensation for damages that occurred in a motor vehicle collision.