Car Accidents

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David Silverstein has practiced in the areas of personal injury and worker’s compensation in the central New Jersey area for over a decade and is a partner at Lependorf and Silverstein.

Auto accidents are one of the most common causes of injury in the United States. However, that does not make the trauma that is caused any less devastating. Statistics from the U.S. Census indicate that more than 10 million car accidents are reported in the country every year. Those involved will often have to deal with major injuries that damage personal and professional life and the families of those who die will be left to deal with their tragic losses.

Whether you have recently suffered a crash or have never been involved in an accident before, it is vital that you understand the risks faced on the road everyday.

Who Might Be Responsible in Car Accidents?

Accidents on the road may be due to many different factors, with some crashes the result of multiple causes at once. While some victims may be injured by their own reckless actions, many others are harmed by other parties. Those who are often the cause of a crash include:

  • Drivers – Their reckless actions on the road, such as speeding, driving drunk, distracted driving, and breaking traffic laws, can cause them to hit other vehicles or create emergency situations that result in a crash.  Learn more about distracted driving –
  • Government Agencies – These are in charge of ensuring that roads in their area of operation a safe and maintained. If they do not, dangerous roads could cause a person to crash.  Learn more about dangerous roads –
  • Automakers – If they manufacture vehicles with defects, these could cause a car to malfunction, leading to collisions or other dangerous situations, like fires and brake failure.

Frequent Dangers in a Car Crash

There are numerous hazards that are present in the moments that a crash is taking place, as well as the time afterwards. While advances in car safety technology help to better protect the occupants of a vehicle during an accident, no one is ever completely safe.

There are often several key dangers that can occur during a crash. Whiplash occurs when an occupant forward and backward or side to side violently and quickly. If a seat belt or air bag does not retrain an occupant enough, he or she may strike against the dashboard, seatback, or side of the car. Additionally, any other object involved in the crash may strike an occupant. Serious impacts could shatter glass and rend metal and send this debris flying through the air, striking anyone close by. Also, the exterior of a vehicle could crumple on impact and lead to occupants being trapped and pinned by the vehicle.

However, there are some accidents that are more out of the ordinary, which features highly dangerous factors that could cause severe or potentially fatal injuries.

  • Ejection – If an occupant is not buckled in, he or she may be thrown out of the car upon impact. This is much more likely during a rollover accident, where a victim may be fully or partially ejected.  Learn more about rollover accidents –
  • Fire – If the engine and fuel system are compromised, a vehicle fire may break out. This may be due to damage caused by a collision or a defect in these vital parts.  Learn more about vehicle fires –
  • Crushing – Cars are meant to withstand a large amount of damage, but some crashes may crush the vehicle. If a smaller car collides with a large truck, it may easily be crushed and cause major trauma to those within.

Recovering from Auto Accident Injuries

In the aftermath of a crash, those involved may be coping with a wide variety of injuries. In any case, the road to recovery may take a lengthy amount of time. During this period, victims may be unable to work, require extensive medical care, and cope with pain and suffering. Combined, an injured person may also have a heavy financial burden.

However, those who have been harmed in a crash caused by another party have the legal right to seek compensation, which is payment from the at-fault party and their insurance coverage. This can pay for past medical procedures and monetary losses as well as future losses. By collecting proof of the accident and medical records of the injuries suffered, you can prove fault and find compensation.