Fact Sheet About Car Accident Injuries
Like any other place in the United States with a significant population density, Red Bank, New Jersey sees its fair share of car accidents each year. In some cases, these accidents result in serious injuries that leave victims with significant economic and noneconomic losses. In fact, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (DOT) reports that there were in excess of 280,000 reported car accidents throughout the state during 2013. Nationally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that there were approximately 5,615,000 police-reported crashes during 2012, a significant number of these involving serious injuries. Some other facts reported by the agency include:
- Car accidents are the leading cause of death for people between 11 and 27.
- Almost 4 million accidents only involving property damage occurred.
- The number of police-reported crashed increased by 5.2 percent between 2011 and 2012.
- The number of motor vehicle accidents involving property damage increased by 4.6 percent between 2011 and 2012.
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In many cases, victims of these accidents experience significant financial losses as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering. Fortunately, in many cases, New Jersey car accident victims can recover for these and other losses that they incur because of someone else’s negligence.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Car Accidents
Car accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including impaired driving, distracted driving, defectively designed or manufactured vehicles, or improper vehicle maintenance. Similarly, car accidents can also cause a wide range of injuries, some of which could have a long-term impact on victims. Some of the more common include the following:
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, also known as TBIs, occur when trauma to the head results in a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. In many cases, TBIs can cause physical, emotional, or cognitive problems that may affect a person’s ability to work or live independently.
Amputation occurs when a person loses all or part of a limb. In some cases, an accidental amputation may make it impossible for a car accident victim to do his or her job. Even if it does not, an accidental amputation will almost certainly have an effect on a person’s quality of life and emotional well-being.
Fractures, often referred to as broken bones, can cause significant physical pain and may require intensive medical care to treat. In some cases, they will leave victims with permanent scars that could have a significant impact on their self-esteem and daily life.
Spinal cord injuries
Car accidents have the potential to leave victims with spinal cord injuries, which can leave victims with loss of mobility and other neurological issues below the site of the injury.
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Even minor car accident injuries have the potential to result in significant medical expenses as well as physical and emotional pain and suffering. The Red Bank car accident lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. are dedicated to helping car accident victims obtain compensation for their injuries and justice through the New Jersey civil courts.
Investigating Car Accidents Requires Resources
In many cases, establishing legal liability after a car accident case requires a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding a particular accident. In addition, in order to fully recover, victims should undergo a thorough medical evaluation conducted by a professional. In many cases, the assistance of an attorney can make the process of obtaining evidence in support of your case significantly easier than it would be if you tried to do it alone.
Often, the process of investigating a car accident case starts with reviewing any police reports and eyewitness accounts regarding the way in which the accident occured. In addition, physical evidence should be gathered, as well as any evidence of intoxication, photographs that were taken, surveillance footage that may have captured the accident, and any other relevant evidence. In many instances, any insurance companies that may have to pay out on a claim will conduct an investigation of the the accident and any losses that victims may be claiming.
The lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. will conduct their own investigation and use accident reconstruction specialists in order to ensure that our clients get the compensation they deserve. After all the evidence is gathered, our lawyers will be able to advise you as to whether and how much you may be able to recover from the liable party or parties.
If there is any evidence that a car accident involved mechanical failure, we will provide an independent automotive expert that will conduct a thorough vehicle investigation in order to find conclusive evidence of such a failure. In addition, we will provide medical experts that will conduct a thorough review of your injuries and help determine what your claim may be worth.
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