When most people are injured in New Jersey car accidents, they will not hesitate to pursue a case against the driver who hit them. However, victims who were injured while riding as a passenger are often reluctant to get compensation they are rightfully owed--all because they know the driver of the car personally.
Driver negligence causes hundreds of passenger injuries in NJ every year. In most cases, the negligence was a simple avoidable action that took less than three-seconds of the driver’s concentration.
Responsibilities required of all New Jersey drivers:
- Controlling vehicle speed. Driving at a reasonable speed does not only mean obeying the speed limit, but also means slowing down in poor weather conditions, and stopping in time to avoid traffic problems and roadway obstructions.
- Staying sober and alert. A driver assumes responsibility for his passengers every time he sits behind the wheel. His attention should be focused on the road with no physical or chemical obstructions to that attention. Missing mirrors, driving distractions and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs are all potential accident hazards.
- Keeping control of the car. Drivers have a duty to keep the vehicle under their control at all times. Negligent actions include eating, drinking, talking on a cell phone or performing any action that takes either of the driver’s hands off the steering wheel. Irresponsible driving behaviors, such as late braking or running red lights, also compromise control.
- Maintaining the vehicle. In addition to safe operation the car, drivers are also responsible for ensuring that all of the car’s equipment is functioning normally. Failure to conduct regular maintenance (including oil changes) or consciously driving a car with broken lights or a cracked windshield may be seen as negligent behavior.
Although victims can get payment for some of their medical costs through the driver’s insurance provider, it will often not be enough to cover the victim’s loss of income. Experienced Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr., can get you the maximum amount of compensation while you recover from your passenger injuries in NJ--and we don’t charge you anything unless we win your case. Call us today at (877) 360-0183 to find out your legal options today in your FREE consultation.