New Jersey Head-on Collision Car Accident Lawyer
Aggressive advocacy for NJ clients injured in a crash
After a catastrophic injury or the loss of a loved one in a head-on car accident, you may be wondering about whether you should pursue compensation for your injuries and losses. Often, despite having suffered terrible injuries because of someone else’s negligence, the injured person is still hesitant to take legal action. But the only way for you to obtain justice for your lost loved one for the pain and suffering and massive medical bills, is to file an injury claim. Call the NJ car accident lawyers of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP for the help you need.
Head-on car accidents are the most serious types of crashes
Head-on collisions are terribly catastrophic, deadly, and gratefully the rarest. Head-on crashes occur when the front of a vehicle crashes into something such as a tree, the side of a building, or another vehicle sometimes while speeding.
Head-on crashes can cause catastrophic injuries and fatalities depending on various factors such as the speed at which the vehicles were traveling when they made impact with another vehicle or fixed object.
Fatalities also may result from this type of crash. Oftentimes, drivers may be engaging in reckless driving, wrong-way driving, distracted driving, or speeding, which contribute to the likelihood of head-on collisions.
Causes of head-on car accidents
There are several factors which might cause head-on car accidents including:
- Drunk driving. Alcohol impairs the driver’s ability to control the vehicle. A drunk driver might lose control of the vehicle while driving down a highway and stray into the oncoming lane of traffic.
- Drowsy driving puts the driver, passengers, and everyone else on the road at risk when he or she drives in an exhausted or drowsy state. Falling asleep behind the wheel can cause a head-on crash because the driver is no longer in control of the vehicle which can drift into the lane of oncoming traffic, or into a tree, or other fixed object.
- Distracted driving is quickly overtaking drunk driving as a cause of traffic crashes. If a driver reaches down to grab something that fell on the floor, is grooming him/herself, or trying to type a text message attention is pulled away from the task of driving long enough to cause a crash.
- Wrong way driving, which was probably also caused by impaired driving, is another cause of head-on collisions. This can happen if a driver enters a freeway by the off-ramp instead of the on-ramp, or turns the wrong way on a one-way street.
- Speeding, whether the driver is exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for the current road condition, it is more challenging to control the vehicle and easier to cause a head-on crash or any other type of car accident.
- Hazardous road conditions such as fog, or ice and snow can make the driver lose control and crash
- A mechanical defect such as a steering malfunction or brake problems can also contribute to causing a head-on crash.
Injuries sustained in a head-on car accident
Head-on collisions are the absolute deadliest type of car accident that could take place on New Jersey roads and highways. Those who survive often end up suffering from serious injuries such as:
- Whiplash is a soft tissue injury caused by the forceful back and forth snapping of the neck which occurs during a car crash causing pain and stiffness in the neck, headaches, and loss of range of motion in the neck.
- Back and neck injuries from the impact of the crash can damage the bones, muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other issues in the back and neck.
- Spinal cord injury which could result in paralysis. The extent of the injury depends on the place on the spine where the blunt force occurred.
- Chest injuries such as broken ribs can occur if there is no airbag, or if it deploys too forcefully.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when the soft structures of the brain are damaged because of the brain slamming into the front and back inside of the skull. A TBI can cause devastating, lasting damage in the injured person’s life.
- Lacerations and bruises from the body being hit by the broken pieces of the vehicle during the collision.
- Broken bones such as shoulders and elbows, knees, ankles and feet from the force of the crash. Broken noses are common after a head-on collision, and some victims will sustain skull fractures, too.
- Death, as two vehicles colliding head-on often results in fatalities.
Wrongful death claim after a fatal head-on car accident
If you have lost a loved one who was killed in a fatal head-on car accident, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim. If you are an immediate family member who was financially dependent on the deceased, such as a spouse, a minor child, adult child, or sibling, you may be able to recover financial damages such as:
- Loss of the income of the deceased
- Loss of emotional support and parental guidance
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
How much does it cost to hire a New Jersey car accident lawyer?
Our New Jersey car accident lawyers take cases on contingency. This means that instead of paying a costly retainer upfront, we get paid as a percentage of your settlement or jury verdict amount. This arrangement has many benefits including making it possible for the average person to have access to legal representation without the requirement to pay for it upfront. It also serves as an incentive for lawyers to work hard to recover compensation for the client because that is how they get paid.
How much my head-on collision car accident injury case is worth?
We can’t tell you how much your injury case is worth at the beginning (which is when clients typically are eager to know this) because it is impossible to know. What determines the value of your case is the extent of your injuries, whether your injuries will resolve completely or cause permanent disability that will affect your ability to work, your medical costs, the time lost at work, and other factors. How much pain you are in and whether the injury keeps you from returning to work are major factors in the value of your case. Time will reveal the answers to all these issues.
Work with an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer after getting injured in a head-on collision
Hiring a personal injury firm to represent your injury case can be a challenging experience. There are so many firms from which to choose, and you understand the importance of choosing a firm you can trust which has a legal team you can feel confident about representing you. At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, we have a team of award-winning lawyers who have recovered more that $750 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. And while you might see us taking on national cases and winning them, we never forget the care and attention of each individual client.
What we do for you is that we protect your right to recover compensation when you have sustained an injury because of someone else’s negligence. You benefit from our years of experiences helping our clients win and our tough negotiating skills that ensure you get all that is due to you.
Experienced New Jersey head-on car accident lawyers
At Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, we represent injured client and their families. If you have been hurt in a head-on collision, hire an attorney who will fight for you. Please call 732-777-0100, or contact us to arrange a free consultation to discuss your injury case with an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer in Edison, Toms River, or Red Bank. We also offer free home and hospital visits.