Burlington Car Accident Lawyers
100 Years Of Combined Legal Experience Helping Burlington Car Accident Victims
Car accidents can happen at any time in Burlington. Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C. has over 100 years of combined legal experience helping local Burlington residents with their injuries. Our law office operates on a contingency fee basis. You owe no attorney fee unless we win your case or negotiate a settlement damage award. We can help you navigate all your legal options.
We can help you with all types of car accidents:
- Drunk Driving Accidents
- Distracted Driving Accidents
- Motorcycle Accidents
- Truck Accidents
- Hit-and-Run Accidents
- Rear-end Accidents
- T-Bone Collisions
Steps To Take After A Burlington Car Accident
When a car accident occurs in New Jersey, the parties involved should take certain actions to help protect their rights. First, it’s always important to stop after the accident takes place, even if it seems like there is no damage. Failure to stop after a crash could lead to criminal penalties in some cases.
Once the vehicles have all come to a safe stop, it should be determined if anyone needs medical care. Urgent medical treatment is the first priority after a crash, especially if someone is seriously injured. After medical issues are addressed, the people involved can assess the damage and call the police. If possible, it’s better to leave the cars in the same place until the police come. Authorities will then be able to document the details of the crash.
While waiting for the police to arrive, it is often better to refrain from excessive discussion of the crash with the other party. Even drivers who were clearly at fault for the accident may attempt to represent something the other party said as an admission of fault. At the same time, there is critical information to be gathered at the scene of the car accident, including the names, addresses and phone numbers of all parties. It is also important to share car insurance information and the details of the vehicles involved, such as the license plate, make and model and VIN.
After a car accident, one can then deal with their own insurance company as well as the other party’s insurer. In many cases, however, waiting for insurance to process the claim is insufficient. A personal injury lawyer can help someone injured in a crash pursue compensation for the harms they have suffered.
Common Car Accident Injuries in Burlington
Victims may suffer a multitude of injuries following a car crash. These are some of the most common types of injuries:
- Back Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Severe Burns
- Broken Bones
- Loss of Limbs
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful Death
New Jersey Car Accident Statistics
The more we know about what causes car accidents, the more we can do to stop them from happening.
These statistics come from 2014 data from the State of New Jersey Department of Transportation and The State of New Jersey Department of Law & Public Safety. Let’s take a look at some of them:
- Total number of crashes: In 2014, there were 59,408 accidents resulting in injuries in New Jersey. In 2014, there were a total of 521 crashes resulting in fatalities.
- Hand-held vs. hands-free devices: There were 1,758 total crashes involving drivers using hand-held devices in 2014; There were 2,127 total crashes involving drivers using hands-free devices. The total number of cell phone-related crashes was 3,885
- Cell phone-related crashes by county: Essex County had the most crashes related to cell phone use, with 893. Essex County is the third most populous county in New Jersey. Salem County had the fewest number of crashes related to cell phone use, with 11. Salem County is the least populous county in New Jersey.
- All crashes by county: In 2014, Bergen County had the most crashes (32,771) followed by Middlesex County (30,193), and Essex County (28,112).
- Motorcycle accidents: From 2009 to 2013, there were almost 13,000 accidents in New Jersey involving motorcycles. In 2013, 31 percent of motorcycle drivers involved in accidents tested positive for alcohol consumption.
Avoiding Car Crashes in Burlington
To stay safe on New Jersey roads, drivers should be aware of several important tips that can go a long way toward preventing car accidents. Vehicular collisions are the leading cause of death among Americans between the ages of 2 and 34. However, these accidents are often preventable.
Adhering to traffic laws is one of the best ways to keep the roads safe. Negligent driving, or human error, is behind most car accidents. Examples include speeding, failing to consider road conditions such as freezing rain, neglecting stop signs and failing to yield.
Another major cause of car accidents is driving under the influence. According to a CDC study in 2013, 31% of fatal accidents were linked to driving while impaired. That’s why anyone who plans on drinking should first arrange for a designated driver or some kind of cab/ride-sharing service. It’s important to note that extreme exhaustion can often be just as bad as intoxication. Being alert can make a huge difference when an unexpected road hazard such as a deer or pothole appears.
Making sure a vehicle is visible is another way to prevent an accident. For example, when it is dark out, rainy or foggy, the headlights should be on at all times. The lights should also be regularly checked to ensure that they are in good working condition.
The victim of a car crash may want to retain a personal injury attorney. Legal counsel could help the injured party obtain compensation for medical bills, lost time at work and other damages. An attorney might also be able to prove that the client was not at fault for the accident.