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The Emotional Impact of a Car Accident

Silver sedan car after a car crash

When people think about car accident injuries, they naturally focus on the physical damages. Broken bones, head trauma, whiplash, spinal cord damage, and other common motor vehicle accident injuries can keep people from working or leave them permanently impaired.

The emotional impact of a car accident does not receive as much attention, even though the impact is just as devastating. Even if a person has no physical injuries, the trauma of a car accident can be long-term or permanent. While any car accident can cause a serious emotional impact, a person who witnessed a fatality or a severe injury are more apt to be traumatized.

PTSD Symptoms

It is normal to feel depressed and anxious after an accident, or replay the incident repeatedly in your mind. However, if these feelings do not dissipate within a few weeks of the crash or worsen over time, something more insidious can occur, like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Seek medical help if you experience any of the following symptoms within weeks of the accident:

  • Behavioral and personality changes
  • Fear of riding in a car, either driving or as an occupant
  • Constantly thinking about the accident
  • Concentration difficulties
  • Disruption of personal or business relationships
  • Insomnia or nightmares
  • Mood swings
  • Substance abuse to deal with the stress

Challenges of PTSD

In some cases, the person may not want to see cars or traffic because it triggers their PTSD symptoms. Other people may experience delusions about the crash. In a worst-case scenario, a person may start hallucinating or exhibit other harrowing behaviors. If the person does not receive professional help, they may attempt to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol.

PTSD victims have similar challenges as those who have suffered physical injuries; this may include an inability to return to work, take care of family members, or continue normal daily activities. Certainly, if a person is too frightened to get into a car, the situation will have a significant impact on their life.

PTSD Treatment

Treatment for PTSD may include prescription medications, like antidepressants or sleeping pills. Many patients benefit from speaking with a psychologist or

Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC Advocate for All Car Accident Victims

If you were injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. The emotional impact of a car accident is not as obvious as physical injuries but can be debilitating. Our experienced Monmouth County car accident lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC will fight aggressively to hold the responsible party accountable. Contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200 to schedule a free consultation. With locations in Oakhurst, Aberdeen, and Parlin, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

Compensation After a Hit and Run

Courthouse document of a compensation claim

A hit and run accident can leave victims with serious injuries, costly bills, and a lot of questions. When a car accident occurs, the driver who caused the accident can be held liable for the resulting injuries and damages. If the at-fault driver has left the scene, it can be more challenging to hold them accountable. The terms of your auto insurance policy will determine how much compensation you can recover for injuries and the damages done to your vehicle.

Auto Accidents in New Jersey

New Jersey is a no-fault accident state. When an auto accident happens, all drivers involved, as well as any passengers who may have sustained an injury, must go through their own insurance policy first to get compensation. Car insurance policies may have different levels of personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, which will determine how much compensation is available for medical bills, lost wages, and other economic losses. In a fatal accident, death benefits may be available. The policy will also determine when a car accident claim must be filed following an accident, so it is important to read the terms thoroughly.

Under certain circumstances, injured car accident victims in New Jersey can also pursue legal action against the driver who caused the crash. This can be challenging when the driver has fled the scene, but there are helpful steps that drivers can take. Firstly, hit and run victims should call emergency responders. Police on the scene can write a detailed report that will aid in pursuing a legal claim, and any injuries should receive immediate medical attention. Injured accident victims should obtain thorough documentations of their injuries and necessary treatments.

Locating the Driver

In order to file a lawsuit against the driver who caused the accident, they must be identified. Accident victims should write down as many details as
possible, including license plate number, make and model of the vehicle, vehicle color, and the physical description of the driver. This information can help police track the driver. If there are witnesses, they can provide statements at the scene. Some municipalities or local businesses may have security camera footage that can be used in the search. The driver of the car is held liable for injuries. If the vehicle owner did not cause the accident, then the driver of the vehicle is held responsible.

While insurance will cover costs such as medical bills and lost income after the accident, a personal injury lawsuit is the only way to recover non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering. In New Jersey, there is a two-year statute of limitations on filing a lawsuit related to an auto accident, so it is crucial to locate the driver and file a claim in a timely manner. An experienced auto accident lawyer can help ensure that all necessary steps are taken to maximize your chances of success.

Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC Advocate for Hit and Run Accident Victims

If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, you may be eligible for compensation. Our Oakhurst car accident lawyers at Falcon Law Firm, LLC have successfully represented clients in all types of car accident cases, including hit and run collisions. Contact us online or call us at 732-660-1200 for a free consultation about your case. Located in Oakhurst, New Jersey, we also serve clients in Parlin, Aberdeen, Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

Tailgating Accidents

Cars tailgating each other in traffic

Tailgating or following another vehicle too closely is a major cause of car accidents across the country. In the event of an emergency, the tailgating car cannot stop or maneuver quickly enough to avoid rear-ending the car in front of them. New Jersey state law mandates that drivers keep one car length for every 10 miles per hour of speed between their car and the next car. Therefore, someone tailgating another vehicle in New Jersey has very little defense if they caused a rear-end collision.

There are many reasons why drivers fail to leave enough distance in front of them. Drivers in a hurry to get somewhere often drive too fast and too close to the car in front of them. Instead of maintaining a safe following distance, they close the gap so that no one can cut in front of them. Other reasons for tailgating include drunk driving, aggressive driving, drowsy driving, and distracted driving.

Injuries from Tailgating Accidents

Rear-end collisions are often serious. Drivers rear-ended by a tailgater can suffer devastating injuries, such as:

  • Head and neck injuries, including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions
  • Broken bones and fractures
  • Back injuries
  • Lacerations
  • Internal bleeding
  • Whiplash

Certain injuries, such as whiplash or a concussion, may not be readily apparent but can develop into long-term medical
issues. These and other serious injuries can require expensive medical care, including lengthy hospital stays and rehabilitation. Injured victims of
tailgating accidents may miss work or be unable to continue working in the same occupation because of their injuries.

Preventing Tailgating Accidents

Keeping a safe distance between cars is relatively easy using the three-second rule. Find a fixed object on the roadway or side of the road and as the car in front of you passes it, begin counting. There should be three seconds between when the car in front of you and your own car pass the same point on the roadway. In inclement weather or poor road conditions, increase your following distance.

If someone is tailgating you, pull over and let them pass. If you can safely obtain their license plate number, do so and notify the authorities of the dangerous driver.

Oakhurst Car Accident Lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC Advocate for Victims Injured in Tailgating Accidents

Tailgating at any speed is a dangerous act that jeopardizes the safety of everyone on the road. If you were injured in a tailgating accident, talk to the dedicated Oakhurst car accident lawyers at the Falcon Law Firm, LLC. We will fight to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries and obtain the compensation you deserve. Call us at 732-660-1200 or contact us online today to schedule a free consultation.

With locations in Oakhurst, Aberdeen, and Parlin, New Jersey, and Doylestown, Pennsylvania, we represent clients throughout Belmar, Deal, Ocean Township, Point Pleasant, West Long Branch, Sayreville, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County, New Jersey, as well as Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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