Bergen County Head-On Collision Lawyers
Head-on collisions remain one of the deadliest types of car crashes one can encounter in Bergen County. Head-on collisions are likely to result in catastrophic injuries for you and your passengers even if you are wearing your seat belts and have other safety equipment like airbags in your vehicle. The faster the speed of the vehicles involved in the head-on collision, the more likely it is that a fatality will occur. What is truly tragic, however, is that many head-on collisions are the result of careless or reckless driving behaviors: in other words, head-on collisions need not happen.
Unfortunately, drivers in Bergen County will speed, violate traffic laws, and engage in other careless activities that jeopardize their own safety as well as the safety of others. While Aretsky Law Group, P.C. cannot put an end to negligent or careless behavior, we can help you hold these individuals accountable for the harm they cause to you and to your loved ones when their bad driving leads to head-on collisions. Speak with Aretsky Law Group, P.C. today.
What Leads to Head-On Collisions in Bergen County?
As the name implies, “head-on” collisions occur when the front ends of two cars traveling in opposite directions collide. However, this does not explain how or why these accidents and collisions occur. Head-on collisions may come about because one driver or the other:
- Speeds or disregards traffic laws and markings: Aggressive driving – that is, driving at elevated speeds or in reckless disregard for the safety of others – may cause a driver to drift from his or her lane of travel and into opposing traffic. Speeding or making sudden movements can make it difficult for the driver to remain in his or her lane.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs: Consuming alcohol or drugs (even if the drugs are prescription drugs or over-the-counter (OTC) medications) can cause a driver to lose his or her ability to safely control his or her vehicle and keep the vehicle within the appropriate lane of travel. A driver who is intoxicated or under the influence may suddenly leave his or her lane of travel without warning, leaving a driver approaching from the opposing direction with little or no time to react.
- Distracted driving: Texting while driving or not paying attention to the road is dangerous. According to distraction.gov, in the time it takes an average person to respond to a text message, a car traveling 55 miles per hour will travel the length of a football field. Driving while texting or while distracted by some other object or sight is akin to driving this distance while blindfolded. A distracted driver can easily drift into the opposing lane of travel without the distracted driver even noticing.
These and other typical causes of head-on collisions are usually attributable to one driver’s decision to drive his or her vehicle carelessly or in a reckless fashion. This means that not only are most head-on collisions that occur in Bergen County preventable, but also that those injured or affected by head-on collisions can usually seek financial compensation. This compensation may be used to help you address:
- Medical bills, surgical expenses, and cost of medications;
- Home health assistance, therapy, and rehabilitation costs;
- Lost wages and lost future earnings;
- Mental pain, anguish, and suffering;
- Other tangible and intangible injuries, losses, and expenses incurred as the result of the head-on collision.
Obtaining prompt and fair compensation can mean the difference between being able to provide for your family and loved ones and being thrown into financial turmoil. Enlist the assistance of Aretsky Law Group, P.C. to help ensure you and your family are adequately provided for.
What Happens if I Wait Too Long to File a Head-On Collision Lawsuit?
New Jersey Statutes Section 2A:14-2(a) provides that lawsuits for compensation following a head-on collision must be commenced within two years of the date of the head-on collision. This time limitation is strictly enforced: absent some extraordinary circumstances, you will generally not be able to file a lawsuit for compensation if this two-year period has elapsed.
Even if you were able to file your lawsuit more than two years after your head-on collision, important evidence about the at-fault vehicle and the circumstances that led to the crash can be lost. What is more, the recollections of eyewitnesses and others with knowledge about the crash can fade and become unreliable. Without evidence and/or testimony that establishes that the other, at-fault driver engaged in careless or reckless behavior, your claim for compensation is likely to fail. For these reasons, then, it is highly advisable to speak with a Bergen County car wreck attorney as soon as possible following your crash.
Your Bergen County Head-On Collision Law Firm is Waiting to Speak with You
Let the experienced and knowledgeable attorneys of Aretsky Law Group, P.C. help you and your family following a head-on collision. Call our office at 1-800-537-4154 to discuss your case right away.