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When we ride in the passenger seat, we expect that whoever is driving will drive safely and responsibly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Car accidents occur often and can have serious consequences. If you are the passenger and you sustain an injury in a car accident, you likely have a lot of questions. Read on for more information regarding New Jersey car accidents.

Most Common Causes of Car Accidents?

Car accidents can be caused by things like bad weather, poor road conditions, or faulty car parts. But, for the most part, accidents are a result of driver negligence. Some of the most common forms of negligence include:

  • Driving while drowsy or fatigued
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving
  • Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
  • Driving aggressively or recklessly
  • Eating or smoking while driving
  • Excessively speeding
  • Failing to comply with traffic lights, signs, and other rules of the road

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

An accident can take a serious toll physically, mentally, emotionally, and financially. If you are injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation to alleviate the burdens you now face. But, in order to recover this compensation, you will have to provide proof that the accident was caused by negligence. In order to do this, it is important to remember to take photos and videos at the scene of the accident. Make sure to document the damage done to the cars and/or property involved. If multiple people were in the car, each party should obtain their own photos. Additionally, it can be tempting to skip a trip to the hospital and recover at home, but it is important to visit the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility. This will help ensure that your injuries are treated while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information, as they may be able to corroborate your version of events. Taking the aforementioned steps can be the key to your personal injury case.

If you are a passenger injured in a car accident due to the negligence of the driver, contact our firm to discuss your case with a skilled attorney.


Here at McNerney & McAuliffe, we understand how confusing certain legal matters can be, which is why we are here to provide clients from all walks of life with the experienced, compassionate legal guidance they need. If you require the legal assistance of an attorney to help you through a criminal law matter, personal injury matter, family law matter, or otherwise, you can turn to us. Contact McNerney & McAuliffe today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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