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What are common causes of car accidents in New Jersey?

Car crashes and their causes vary by state, but if you've been in a collision, statistics don't do your pain or suffering justice. It's your right to file a claim against a negligent driver, so you can get the compensation you need during your recovery and in the future.

Which kinds of crashes are less common in New Jersey?

New Jersey does have some interesting collision records to consider that might help you make your point when you file a claim. For instance, did you know that New Jersey is actually in the top five for the least number of drunk driving crashes, but it has a higher-than-average number of pedestrian accidents?

Which kinds of accidents are more common in New Jersey?

New Jersey is more likely to have crashes related to rain, although snowy weather can cause some wintertime trouble for some drivers. Sleet can also be a problem as fall and winter approach, which is something to consider if you plan to drive. Remember that larger vehicles won't be able to slow as well, and people who aren't attentive to conditions are more likely to cause an accident.

What should you do if you're in a crash?

Remember to get the names and addresses, phone numbers, emails or other contact information of witnesses. Take photos if you can, and exchange information with the other driver. You can give your side of the story to police, just as the other driver will. Call your insurance company immediately to discuss the crash and be prepared to file a claim against the person responsible.

Source: Business Insider, "This map shows what causes the most fatal car crashes in each US state," Matthew Speiser, accessed July 21, 2016

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