Rear-End and Head-On Collisions
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Truck accidents in New Jersey (and elsewhere) may take a variety of forms. Still, many plaintiffs may not realize that the litigation strategy they pursue can change quite drastically depending on the particular circumstances surrounding their accident.
If you’ve been injured in a rear-end or head-on collision, contact a Cherry Hill truck accident attorney at Folkman Law today, as you may be entitled to compensation under New Jersey law. There are unique opportunities and challenges associated with each of these “types” of accidents, however, so let’s take a brief look at some of the basics for the sake of clarity.
Rear-End Truck Accidents
If you’ve been rear-ended, chances are that you’ll find it relatively straightforward to establish that the defendant-driver was negligent. Unless you suddenly brought your vehicle to a stop (leaving the defendant without enough time or space to avoid a collision), an attentive driver will be aware of your speed and position and can react appropriately. Failure to do so is likely indicative of negligence on the part of the defendant-driver.
Rear-end accidents can cause significant trauma. For example, if you are waiting at a four-way intersection stop sign, and a truck slams into the back of your vehicle, then you could experience severe back, neck, and head injuries due to the forward-back “snapping” motion created by the impact. In some scenarios, a light collision can exacerbate a pre-existing condition (i.e., a spinal degenerative condition), thus giving you a right of action for damages despite the collision having occurred at a low speed.
Head-On Truck Accidents
Head-on collisions are uniquely dangerous, as the force of impact is a sum of the independent contribution of force of each vehicle. For example, if two vehicles of similar weight collide head-on at a speed of 50 miles per hour, then the force of impact will be roughly equivalent to a collision occurring at 100 miles per hour (with one vehicle hitting a static object).
Given the severity of head-on accidents, the damages can be substantial. Defendants tend to therefore be aggressive in arguing such disputes. They often assert, for example, that the plaintiff is also at-fault for their own injuries. They might argue that the plaintiff did not do enough to avoid the collision. If they can show that the plaintiff is at least 51 percent at-fault for the collision, then New Jersey law will prohibit the imposition of liability altogether.
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At Folkman Law, our attorneys have decades of experience helping New Jersey plaintiffs litigate their personal injury claims, including truck accident and other motor vehicle accident disputes that center around rear-end/head-on collisions. Given our substantial familiarity with the practice area, we are well-equipped to counter the case strategies typically employed by defendants.
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