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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Head-on Accidents in New Jersey

What are the top causes of head-on accidents?

Recently, a New Jersey Transit bus crashed head-on into a garbage truck, killing one and injuring four others. The accident happened in Essex County on Springfield Avenue.  Officials report that the bus driver died in the accident, while several others were seriously injured.  Fortunately, no passengers were aboard the bus at the time of the crash. This New Jersey head-on accident involving two large vehicles illustrates the immense dangers of head-on collisions.  

Causes of Head-on Accidents

Head-on accidents occur most often when two vehicles traveling in opposite directions directly collide. Head-on crashes can also occur when a vehicle strikes an object head-on, such as a telephone pole.  Negligence is the main cause of head-on crashes.  Some situations that commonly give rise to head-on accidents include:
  • Speeding
  • Driver intoxication
  • Distracted driving
  • Falling asleep behind the wheel
  • Tire blowouts
  • Unsafe passing
  • Low visibility
  • Obstacles in the road
  • Failure to observe road signs

Injuries Associated with Head-on Accidents

Head-on accidents happen less often than rear-end or side collisions, but when they do occur the results can be deadly. The severity of a head-on accident will depend on several factors, including the speed of the vehicles, the car’s safety features, and the individual’s position within the vehicle. For front seat passengers, a head-on accident can be fatal. Some of the most common injuries sustained by passengers in a head-on crash include:

  • Head or brain injuries
  • Neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Spinal cord damage
  • Broken bones
  • Whiplash
  • Paralysis
  • Burns
  • Internal organ damage

When a large vehicle like a truck or a bus is involved in the head-on accident, the chances of deadly injuries goes up significantly due to the weight of the vehicles involved.

Filing Suit After a Head-on Accident

It is not always easy to uncover who is at-fault in a head-on accident. The force of a head-on collision could send both vehicles spiraling, creating a confusing accident scene for investigators. It is critical that head-on accident victims consult with a personal injury attorney early on to protect their legal rights. Head-on accidents may lead to massive damages, including ongoing medical bills, lost wages, and tremendous pain and suffering. As such, it is important for head-on accident victims to take action.

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