It is not uncommon for New Jersey residents to see automobile accidents while driving down the freeway or through city streets. There are a number of reasons why car accidents happen; many factors come into play that law enforcement, insurance agents and other entities involved in investigating accidents need to balance when determining why an accident took place and who is responsible for it.
Law enforcement is interested in determining who was responsible for the accident because they are the ones who need to determine legal liability and issue a ticket. Insurance agents are interested in identifying the responsible party because they will use that information in determining who, if anyone, should receive payment if a claim is made after the accident. They will also use this information when trying to decide how much to pay out after an accident.
In a large number of automobile accidents, human error is a component. A driver can only control how they drive. They can do little to nothing to influence how other drivers on the road act. This is one of the reasons why accidents caused by human error have been a constant ever since automobiles were introduced to the public.
Distracted driving has also been a constant problem. It seems to have grown in intensity in recent years because there are more things to distract drivers. Using mobile devices or DVD players, eating fast food and having other people in the vehicle can all lead to distractions. Couple that with the fact that many drivers have tight schedules and try to multitask while they drive, and there is the perfect recipe for an automobile accident.
If an individual was the victim of an automobile accident caused by the negligence of another person, they may be entitled to financial compensation. A personal injury attorney may to be able to help their client by working with investigators in gathering the facts about the case, negotiating with insurance companies and, if necessary, representing their client in court.