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FIGHTING FOR ATLANTIC COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death and injury in Americans. For those aged 11–27, car accidents represent the number-one cause of death.
Things haven’t gotten safer during the pandemic. Although vehicle-miles traveled decreased in 2020, traffic fatalities have actually gone up!
The early results of last year’s data suggest that American roadways were 23 percent deadlier than the year before. For communities like Atlantic County, crossed by major highways like the Garden State Parkway and Atlantic City Expressway, these numbers can be even higher.
Contact our Atlantic County Lawyers today at 1-800-681-3550 or using the form below for a free consultation.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, you may need help achieving just compensation. Insurance companies aren’t on your side in these situations. The best thing you can do for yourself is contact a trusted personal lawyer like the ones at Richard Hollowell.
Fatal Accidents in Atlantic County Have Been on the Rise
Atlantic County more than kept pace with 2020’s road dangers. The 43 deaths registered in 2020 exceeded the 32 deaths of 2019 by a whopping 34 percent!
There are other disturbing parallels in national and local trends here. One of the most telling statistics is that 14 crashes involved the use of alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two.
Results are still pending in a number of other cases.
The Most Common Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents
When two or more heavy vehicles collide, the result is often disastrous. With road conditions, obstacles, and your car itself acting as variables, car crash injuries can come in many forms.
Some of the most common injuries we see include the following:
- Brain and Head Injuries. Head injuries are one of the most common results of car accidents. They can short-term or chronic. This category includes concussions and traumatic brain injuries.
- Car Rollover Injuries. When a car in an accident rolls over, it’s much more likely to cause harm. These injuries can be unusual for car accidents — and sometimes go undetected immediately after. From property damage to no-fault injuries, liability may be complicated as well.
- Chest and Abdominal Injuries. Vital internal organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys may also be impacted in a car crash. Muscle strains, fractured bones, and bruised ribs occur even more frequently.
- Knee and Leg Injuries. The sudden impacts of car crashes often affect the lower body through joint damage and broken bones.
- Neck Injuries. The neck connects the brain and body — injuries here can be frightening and debilitating. They can trigger paralysis, chronic pain, incontinence, emotional disorders, and much more.
- Tire Blowout Injuries. Tire blowouts can result in unpredictable injuries. These accidents can have complicated liability — from the vehicle owners to operators, mechanics to product manufacturers, distributors, and sellers.
- Snow Plow Injuries. Not only are snow plows big and unwieldy vehicles — operated by drivers with only a few days per year experience — the snow and ice they remove or don’t can be a major hazard. Property damage is a big issue with these vehicles.
- Whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden snapping motion during a crash. The soft tissue in the neck tears and swells in the accident, though it may go undetected. This can lead to long-term issues like neck pain, shoulder pain, migraines, and dizziness.
Immediate Steps to Take After an Acciden
Even though car accidents can be quite traumatic, the clock on receiving compensation begins to tick immediately.
New Jersey requires that you report an accident if it involves injury, death, or more than $500 in damage. Afterwards, you must submit a written report to the NJ Department of Transportation within 10 days of the accident.
At the scene of the accident, the first thing to do is call the police or emergency services. After that, you should:
- Identify any witnesses. Take down their contact information ASAP
- Take notes about road conditions, weather, and all relevant details
- Take photos of the vehicles, the scene of the accident, and your injuries
- Write down your account of the accident as soon as you are able to
- See a doctor even if you feel unharmed
When to Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys
If you or a loved one were involved in a car accident, time is of the essence. Pursuing legal action and compensation is a complex task that you’ll likely need an expert accident lawyer to help navigate.
The statute of limitations in most New Jersey cases is two years.
Contact us today at 1-800-681-3550, or fill out our contact form. We will start looking into your case immediately.