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Contrary to the Trust for America's Health study, which named the New Jersey residents as the least vulnerable for traffic deaths, 219 people were killed in state roadways within the first 140 days of 2012. New Jersey auto accident fatalities peaked a three-year high in 2011 with 628 people losing their lives in 587 fatal accidents, including drivers, passengers, pedestrians, motorcyclists, and school children, according to the Department of Law and Public Safety. In January 2011, New York Giants defensive end and Super Bowl player Justin Tuck received knee and shoulder injuries in a car crash while Amy Locane-Bovenizer, a 39-year-old actress, was arrested for DUI leading to death of a woman. In August 2011, four members of a NJ school football team met with a tragic end in a car accident, and popular radio host Robin Quivers barely survived a hit-and-run incident.
New Jersey Accident Statistics
According to New Jersey Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit, Ocean County accounted for the maximum number of car crashes and fatalities followed by Monmouth, Essex, Camden, and Middlesex. Newark continued to top the chart of cities with the highest number of car accidents. According to All State Insurance, the city residents face the highest risk of car crashes than any other place in the United States.
Head-on and rear-end collisions contribute to about 30 percent of car crashes in New Jersey. Road-side stationary objectives, trees, and animals are the leading cause in almost 25 percent of all accidents in the state. While passenger cars are found to be involved in more than half of the accidents, light trucks come second with a share of 30 percent in all fatalities. About a half of all accidents are due to human errors, such as speed, inattention, and distraction. Drunk driving is the cause of almost one in three New Jersey car accidents.
The state law allows
victims to sue those responsible for their sufferings and seek damages from them in consultation with New Jersey accident lawyers. The common compensation demands include
New Jersey accident victims can seek damages from drivers responsible for accidents in the following three ways.
A successful New Jersey auto accident lawsuit goes through the following stages.
The following provisions of the New Jersey State law are applicable to filing of the personal injury lawsuit related to auto accidents.
A New Jersey accident lawsuit is decided on the basis of comparative fault. The plaintiff receives compensation based on calculation of the fault. The overall compensation is reduced by a certain percentage correspondence to his fault. However, no damage is awarded to the plaintiff if his responsibility in the accident is fixed at 50 percent or more.
In February 2012, a New Jersey car accident lawsuit resulted in $405,000 settlement in favor of a man who was injured in 2003 after a car driven by the then Bayonne city health director collided with his car at an intersection. The plaintiff suffered from shoulder and back injuries due to the accident. In 2010, the estate of a model, who died in a 2006 accident involving three cars on the New Jersey Turnpike, got $125,000 in compensation from the Turnpike Authority. A New Jersey court awarded $1.5 million to a motorcyclist who received serious injuries and multiple fractures after a vehicle making an illegal turn hit him. The Middlesex County court approved a settlement for more than $1.2 million in favor of a 30-year-old man injured in a truck-car collision.
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