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Car accidents are frightening for all who are involved. Unfortunately, there is no situation more helpless than a passenger looking on as their car crashes. This is why most injured passengers seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of the damages they have incurred. If you find yourself in this situation, you must read on to learn more about your potential legal options going forward. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What causes most car accidents?

Car accidents, though sometimes caused by factors we cannot control, such as a faulty car part, or poor weather and road conditions, most often stem from driver negligence. When a driver fails to take careful note of his or her surroundings at all times, or simply wantonly disobeys the law, accidents are prone to happen. Some of the most common types of driver negligence in today’s society are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, texting while driving or driving while distracted, driving while fatigued, and speeding.

How are passengers harmed in car accidents?

Passengers are at the mercy of the driver, so there is very little they can do to protect themselves or control the outcome of the accident. Some of the most common injuries passengers sustain in car accidents are as follows:

  • Head trauma
  • Facial disfiguration
  • Spinal injuries
  • Psychological damage
  • Broken bones
  • Gashes requiring stitches
  • Wrongful death

Can I sue a negligent motorist as a passenger who as injured?

As a passenger, you may successfully sue another motorist if you can prove you were injured due to their negligence. To prove your claim, you must first hire an experienced attorney. From here, your attorney will work to recover security camera or dashcam footage of your accident, medical documents, police reports, witness statements, pictures of your injuries, and more.

What is the statute of limitations in New Jersey?

The statute of limitations is the legally acceptable amount of time you have to file a lawsuit from the date of your accident. The statute of limitations in New Jersey is two years. If you wait too long, you will most likely be barred from suing. Do not let this happen. Speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys today.

Contact our experienced New Jersey firm

When someone is injured due to another party’s negligence, it is only right that they receive the justice they deserve. As a victim, your only job is to call us, and we will take it from there. Please, do yourself a favor and do not wait. If you or someone you know was injured in an accident and is seeking financial compensation, contact the legal team at McNerny & McAuliffe today.

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