You are driving along and almost through your daily commute on your way to work when you witness a bad car accident. Your initial reaction is one of shock. The people involved are visibly shaken and some of them look to be injured. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we have helped many victims of car accidents in New Jersey to work towards receiving compensation for their injuries and lost wages.
For many people in New Jersey, the thought of being involved in a car accident is eerily terrifying. In many circumstances fatal car crashes are completely avoidable when people pay attention, respect each other and follow the rules of the road. Recently, a variety of new technology has been developed with the goal to protect motorists from common hazards that often lead to car accidents.
Teenage drivers face added risks tied to their inexperience behind the wheel. While many New Jersey communities go to great lengths to provide well-rounded educational opportunities to help teens learn how to drive responsibly, the occasional distraction or inexperienced decision-making can put lives at risk.
Immediately after your car accident on the New Jersey highway, you may feel shaken up and disoriented. However, you are able to get out of your car, exchange information with the other driver and give your account of the event to the police officer who comes to make a report. We at Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, LLP, often advise people who have been in a collision to seek medical attention as their next step.
Getting the recommended eight hours of sleep at night may seem impossible, or even like a ridiculous suggestion, to many people in New Jersey. In fact, getting five or six hours may seem like a challenge when work, commute and family responsibilities fill so many hours of the day. However, CBS News reports that getting into the driver's seat for that commute after such a short night can be extremely risky.
Whether driving around a parking lot looking for a good spot, walking in or out of the store or backing up to leave, people in New Jersey need to be fully aware of the dangers around them. According to the National Safety Council, about 500 people die in parking lots and garages across the U.S. each year, and thousands more are injured.
With all of the attention being placed on preventing people from texting and driving, you likely feel very safe from distracted drivers. Yet are there other activities that many in Monmouth County engage in that can be just as distracting? Several people have come to us here at Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli following car accidents surprised to learn just how dangerous it can be to eat while behind the wheel. If you have recently been involved in an accident caused by one who otherwise appeared to be a responsible driver, you may want to ask yourself whether eating while driving was the cause of your collision.
If you own a phone and a car, chances are, at some point, you have considered or maybe even tried to text and drive simultaneously. However, this unfortunate lapse in judgment can quickly create dangerous circumstances for yourself, your passengers and other motorists and pedestrians. When you are operating your vehicle in New Jersey, it is never a good idea to use an electronic device. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we are familiar with the dangers of distracted driving.
There are many different consequences associated with auto accidents, including the loss of life and life-shattering injuries. However, victims may also face a significant emotional toll afterward. In some cases, victims suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, which can upend their lives in all sorts of different ways. Whether they have a hard time getting to work or are even unable to work due to mental trauma, the hardships that victims of these collisions sometimes go through should not be overlooked. If you are facing these burdens on a personal level, you should reach for any resources that are available to help you move on.
Summer is in full swing, which means many teen drivers are on the road in Monmouth County. Whether heading out with friends or driving to and from work, young drivers are more at risk for crashing than other categories of drivers. At Escandon, Fernicola, Anderson & Covelli, we know how terrible the aftermath can be when accidents are caused by drivers who were not paying attention to the road.