If you were injured by being struck by another vehicle in an intersection, you need to fight for your rightful compensation. Read on to unpack what frequently causes intersection collisions and how a seasoned Morris County car accident lawyer of The Macri Law Group can dedicatedly work on your behalf to recover your damages.
What are the frequent causes of intersection collisions in the state of New Jersey?
There are a few instances in which intersection collisions are essentially unavoidable, whether it be for faulty traffic control devices or car mechanical issues. But more commonly, these accidents are avoidable, if only the at-fault driver was not negligent when crossing or turning at the intersection. Examples of driver negligence read as follows:
- The driver did not use proper caution when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection.
- The driver falsely assumed that the other driver was yielding when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection.
- The driver misjudged a gap when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection.
- The driver was distracted when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection (i.e., texting, eating, drinking, etc).
- The driver was reckless when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection (i.e., speeding, ignoring traffic signs or signals, making an illegal maneuver, etc).
- The driver had an obstructed view when proceeding to cross or turn at the intersection.
How do I recover damages after an intersection collision?
Beneficial to you, the New Jersey courts will not accept poor excuses from the negligent driver (i.e., your car “came out of nowhere”). So, you will have a strong personal injury case to recover your damages so long as you can satisfy the burden of proof. To do so, take the following approach immediately after your intersection collision accident:
- Call 911: the law enforcement officer will conduct an official police report and call an ambulance to the scene.
- Take photos and videos: capture your injuries, damages, and any hazards that may have contributed to the accident.
- Exchange contact information: ask the other driver for their name, phone number, driver’s license number, insurance company name, insurance policy number, etc. Exchange information with present witnesses, as well.
- Seek medical treatment: do so at the scene and at follow-up appointments. Ask for copies of medical documents afterward.
- Hire a competent Morris County, New Jersey auto accident lawyer: do so before the statute of limitations which, in the state of New Jersey, is likely two years from the date of your accident.
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