There are many reasons drivers in New Jersey can get into accidents. The insurance claims adjuster and law enforcement have to determine the causes of accidents to determine who is at fault. This information is important to the police because it helps identify who should receive a ticket. It is also important for the insurance company because it helps determine who is to receive a claims payment and the amount the payment is to be.
Being lost in an area or being unfamiliar with local laws can result in many accidents. Drivers who are lost may unknowingly exceed the speed limit or may get completely turned around in an unfamiliar place.
Sometimes the reason for a motor vehicle accident lies within the vehicle itself. A vehicle can have a mechanical failure that may be the result of insufficient maintenance. Issues such as broken tie rods, bald tires and squeaky brakes should be addressed as soon as possible.
Poor construction of a vehicle is another reason for the mechanical failure that can cause an accident. Manufacturers issue vehicle recalls when an issue with certain vehicles has been identified. However, recalls tend to occur only after there have been several accidents. Drivers should make sure to have their vehicle repaired as quickly as possible if a recall is issued for their particular make and model.
It is also possible for malfunctioning traffic lights to be the culprit in an accident. Traffic lights that are not illuminated at night can be a safety issue for drivers who unfamiliar with an area and who drive past an intersection.
A personal injury attorney may advise clients who have been injured in car accidents about their legal options. Lawsuits might be filed against the negligent parties to obtain compensation for head injuries, broken bones or crush injuries sustained in an accident.