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What Are the Most Common Causes of Motor Vehicle Accidents?

Serving Clients Across Paterson, Wayne, Clifton, Little Falls, West Milford, Woodland Park and Passaic County

Operating a motor vehicle or using public transportation is something that many of us do every day. It is such a common activity, that it can be easy to forget how dangerous our New Jersey roadways can truly be.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a cartruckbus, train or bicycle accident, you may be entitled to financial compensation for a personal injury claim. Finding and proving liability for the reckless and/or negligence actions of another party is at the heart of strong personal injury claims .

The personal injury attorneys of Fredson Statmore Bitterman believe that identifying the cause and by extension the at fault party in your accident is the cornerstone of a successful personal injury claim. We have over 50 years recovering full and fair compensation for clients injured in auto accidents across New Jersey towns including Clifton, Wayne, Paterson, Woodland Park, West Milford, Little Falls, and the greater Passaic County region. We will fight on your behalf while you and your family focus on getting your life back to normal in the wake of an injurious accident.

Call our office today for a free and confidential consultation regarding you auto accident, your resulting injuries, and your potential personal injury claim.

Auto Accident Lawyers Find at Fault Drivers

In the majority of auto accidents, another driver or drivers are found to be at fault. Unlawful actions taken by a driver may be considered negligent or reckless, including:

Driving While Distracted – cell phone usage, socializing with passengers, eating, drinking, and smoking are all common examples of distracted driving. Any activity which takes the full attention away from the road can be potentially dangerous.

Driving While Intoxicated (DWI/DUI) – driving over the legal limit for Blood Alcohol Concentration or while under the influence of controlled substances is dangerous, illegal, and reckless.

Negligent Drivers – failure to obey posted traffic laws, reckless driving, and otherwise creating a dangerous situation for themselves and other travelers may be caused by driving negligently or carelessly.

Speeding – traveling faster than posted speed limits is not only illegal, but can drastically reduce the available reaction time and control a driver has over his or her vehicle, potentially leading to serious accidents.

Driving While Exhausted – it has been shown that driving without a good night’s sleep can impact reaction time, cognitive skills, and physical ability in a similar fashion to being legally drunk.

Car Accident Injury Attorneys Discuss Other Common Causes

Beyond driver error, there are several other possible scenarios which can lead to an injurious auto accident. Our Wayne attorneys identify some of the most common culprits:

Hazardous Road Conditions – Unfinished or improperly maintained roads, debris from construction, and poor signage all may contribute to dangerous road conditions.

Vehicle Defects – even a single part of an automobile failing can lead to catastrophic consequences for drivers, passengers, and other travelers.

Animals in Road – wild animals including deer, rabbits, turkeys, and more make a habit of sticking their heads into traffic when drivers least expect it. Instincts can take over, causing drivers to avoid a collision, but actually causing greater damage in the process by running off the road or hitting another vehicle.

Dangerous Weather – Ice, sleet, snow, rain, and high winds are all common weather patterns in our New Jersey communities which may lead to injurious auto accidents.

Personal Injury Attorneys Discuss Importance of Finding Fault in Car Accident Injury Claims

In order for our Woodland Park personal injury attorneys to recover the financial compensation to which you and your family are entitled, we will need to prove that your accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another party. In the case of motor vehicle accidents, there are three primary avenues for us to explore based on the common accident causes listed above.

Claim Against Another Driver or Drivers – earlier we discussed common causes of motor vehicle accidents where other drivers were at fault, including drunk driving, reckless driving, speeding, and more. In this case, our attorneys will work with the insurance provider of the at fault driver to recover compensation for your injuries.

Premises Liability Claim – if hazardous road conditions or improperly maintained roadways were to blame, we may hold the entity responsible for the public or private roads liable for your injuries. This may include government entities, which involves special protocols.

Product Liability Claim – if mechanical failure of your vehicle or another vehicle caused your injurious accident, our Woodland Park attorneys may seek to find the auto manufacturers, assemblers, retailers, or even your auto body shop at fault.

Contact our Car Accident Injury Attorneys Today

At The Law Office of Fredson Statmore Bitterman, we believe that successful personal injury claims are based on finding fault with a negligent or reckless party. Lean on our 50 years of combined legal experience to seek full and fair compensation for your injuries resulting from your auto accident as we have done for local clients across New Jersey towns like Clifton, Paterson, Wayne, Little Falls, Woodland Park, West Milford, and all of Passaic County. Our team of attorneys is led by a Certified Civil Trial Attorney, an honor earned by only two percent of practicing attorneys by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Contact us online or through our Clifton offices by calling today for a free consultation with a member of our experienced legal team regarding your auto accident and how we can best serve your needs.