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FIGHTING FOR CUMBERLAND COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT VICTIMS
By its definition, an accident is unexpected. For drivers on the busy routes that cross Cumberland County, they are an unfortunate fact of life.
There are more than 150,000 residents in Cumberland County. With population centers like Philadelphia and Atlantic City nearby, the roads can be overtaxed.
With traffic speeds increasing during the pandemic, this can result in tragedy.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in a car accident, you may need help achieving fair compensation. Insurance companies aren’t on your side in these situations. The best thing you can do for yourself is contact an experienced personal injury lawyer like the ones at Richard Hollawell.
Traffic Speeds Are Increasing
Traffic police issued more speeding tickets in 2020 than 2019. Less cars on the road translated to more aggressive, faster traffic.
Between April and July 2020, Philadelphia saw travel speeds on interstates and highways increase by more than 60 percent.
Traffic research company Inrix reached this finding by looking at Philadelphia crash data. As Cumberland County borders on the Philadelphia metro area, this is directly relevant.
Faster Speeds Mean Deadlier Accidents
Cumberland County suffered its latest tragedy when a Vineland motorist broadsided another car, driving about 94 miles per hour.
Three of four in the car that was hit died at the scene of the accident. The lone survivor, a five-year-old girl, was severely injured.
She lost both her parents and younger brother in the accident. The effects of such reckless driving will stretch over her lifetime.
The Most Common Injuries Sustained in Car Accidents
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.
- 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.
- Chest and Abdominal Injuries. Vital internal organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys may also be impacted in a car crash.
- 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.
- 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.
Immediate Steps to Take After an Accident
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. 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 and take down their information
- Note the road conditions, weather, and other relevant details
- Take photos of all vehicles involved, the setting, and your injuries as well as those of fellow passengers
- Write down your account of the accident as soon as possible
- 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.