Head-On Collisions Hold Potential for Serious Injury
While one of the less-common forms of motor vehicle accident, head-on collisions are one of the deadliest. A recent accident in Middlesex County is an example of the destructive power of head-on collisions.
Uncommon but deadly collisions
According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, frontal crashes are the type of motor vehicle accident that are most likely to cause fatal injuries to drivers. While, on average, only about 2% of traffic accidents each year in the US are described as head-on collisions, these types of accidents are responsible for roughly 10% of all traffic fatalities annually. In a head-on collision, the energy of both vehicles traveling toward one another combines to create a more violent impact than in crashes where cars are heading in different trajectories.
Often associated with impairment
Head-on collisions are more frequently associated with severe impairment by alcohol, drugs, or drowsiness than most types of accidents. Evidence of impairment can be used in a claim for damages as additional support for that driver’s responsibility for a crash. Statistics also show that elderly drivers are more likely to be the at-fault party in a head-on crash, as these drivers are more likely to have become confused by or unable to read signage causing them to turn the wrong way down a one-way street, or to enter a divided highway going the wrong direction.
Recent accident had tragic results
On Sunday, April 16, 2017, a head-on crash in South Amboy caused two fatalities and sent three other individuals to the hospital. At approximately 2:15 am, a 51-year-old driver from East Orange turned his Nissan Quest onto Route 9, driving against traffic. He collided head-on with a Honda Odyssey, driven by a 31-year-old Perth Amboy man. The Odyssey was carrying three passengers at the time of the crash. Two of the passengers, a 38-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman, were transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, each described as being in serious condition. The third passenger, a 28-year-old woman, was treated and released from Raritan Bay Medical Center’s Perth Amboy Division. The drivers of the vans were both declared dead at the scene of the accident.
If you’ve been injured in an accident in New Jersey, seek knowledgeable and dedicated legal help to file a claim for damages by contacting the experienced personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.