Dedicated Car Accident Lawyers Serving Ocean County, New Jersey
Trust in a law firm with deep ties to the Toms River community
If you’ve been involved in a car accident that another driver caused, you may need to seek compensation for medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation and other expenses. The car accident attorneys at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. in Toms River have served our community for decades, helping injured people get the results they need from personal injury claims. We advocate effectively for each and every client, leveraging our vast knowledge and experience to assist you when you need it most. You can trust in the personal attention and dedication we deliver to your injury claim.
Common causes of car accidents in New Jersey
There were 284,064 car accidents in New Jersey in 2012, with nearly 17,000 in Ocean County alone. Many of these crashes were caused by the following factors:
- Failure to yield. When making left-hand turns, drivers must yield to oncoming traffic. This rule is well known, yet some motorists turn or change lanes without looking or checking blind spots, resulting in accidents.
- Excessive speed. Although all drivers know that they should pay attention to posted speed limits, speeding continues to be one of the leading causes of auto accidents.
- Driving under the influence. Operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is extremely dangerous, as it impairs judgment and drastically slows reaction times. Individuals who have been drinking have a responsibility to avoid getting behind the wheel of a car.
- Weather conditions. Wind, fog, rain and snow can all make it difficult to see and more likely that a vehicle will lose control. Motorists need to take the proper precautions to slow down when driving in inclement weather.
Distracted driving is particularly dangerous
An increasing concern for safety officials and law enforcement officers is distracted driving, primarily due to the prevalence of mobile devices and smart phones. New Jersey has strict laws regarding cell phone use while driving, maintaining a ban on the use of all handheld devices while operating a vehicle. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, texting takes a person’s eyes off the road for an average of five seconds — enough time to cause a very serious car accident. In 2012, there were 896 injuries in our state due to accidents caused by distracted driving due to the use of a handheld device.
Speak with an experienced car accident attorney in Ocean County
The car accident lawyers at Berry, Sahradnik, Kotzas & Benson, P.C. have decades of experience serving injured people throughout New Jersey. Our office is conveniently located in Toms River, so don’t hesitate to call us at 732-504-3056 or contact us online to set up an appointment.