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Car accidents can occur for any number of reasons. Some accidents are due to faulty car parts, poor road conditions, or inclement weather. That being said, the majority of car accidents are due to driver negligence. In fact, the leading cause of car accidents is texting while driving. When we get in the car as a passenger, we trust that the driver will act responsibly. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Read on to learn more about passenger injuries in New Jersey car accidents. 

Common Causes of Car Accidents

Car accidents are often caused by negligence. 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

How Can I Recover Compensation as a Passenger in a Car Accident?

If you are injured in a car accident while a friend or family member was driving, you may be worried about taking legal action. Luckily, you may be able to recover the compensation you need in order to recover your injuries, without directly suing your loved ones. Generally, you can take action against your loved one’s insurance company. Reach out to an experienced attorney to learn more about your options.

What is the Statute of Limitations?

If you have been injured in a car accident, you may be entitled to recover compensation. But, in order to recover the compensation you need and deserve to heal, you will have to file your claim on time. This means adhering strictly to the statute of limitations. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally two years from the date of the accident. Failing to file within two years will likely mean losing your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you have been injured in a car accident, our firm is here to advocate for you. Reach out today to speak with an experienced and dedicated personal injury 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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