Automobile accidents can be a result of any number of factors: weather, equipment failure, speed, unfamiliarity with the road. However, there are many other accidents that occur on New Jersey’s roads and highways that are not so seemingly innocuous; rather, they are a result of the negligent actions of another driver, and those negligent actions can result in serious harm to other drivers on the road.
Driving Under the Influence
One of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents and death is driving under the influence. Whether the influence is alcohol or illegal drugs or prescription medications that are being abused, all slow the reaction times of the individuals that have consumed them. Slow reaction times mean that the drivers are unable to properly react to changes and events on the road, leading to their regular involvement in accidents.
Distracted driving is most often recognized as the use of electronic devices such as cell phones and smartphones while driving, leading to the driver being focused on the device and not on the road. With the proliferation of smartphones that allow drivers to talk, text, and surf the internet, the desire to be constantly connected is too much for some drivers, who try and use their smartphones while piloting a vehicle down the roadway. This distraction often leads to accidents that can cause serious injury or death. In fact, distracted driving has taken over driving under the influence as the leading cause of fatal automobile accident in some studies.
Studies have shown driving without having an adequate amount of sleep is just as dangerous as driving under the influence. Many drivers will try and push themselves to try and complete long drives as quickly as possible – and in order to do so they try to complete the drive without stopping to rest. This can lead to slowed reaction times, lack of focus, and falling asleep behind the wheel – all contributors in car accidents.
Excessive speed presents dangers for drivers and pedestrians. Drivers operating their vehicles in excess of the posted speed limit create situations where the reaction times necessary to avoid accidents are severely reduced, very often leading to accidents. Whether it is being unable to avoid slowing cars, reacting to changing road conditions, or stopping for pedestrians, speed continues to be one of the leading causes of automobile accidents.
Contact a Passaic Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Automobile Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to an automobile accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Silverman & Roedel represent clients injured because of auto accidents in Paterson, Clifton, Wayne, West Milford, and throughout New Jersey. Call (973) 772-6411 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1187 Main Avenue, Suite 2C, Clifton, NJ 07011.
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