New Jersey Rear End Collision Accident Lawyers
Experienced Car Accident Attorneys Represent Clients Injured in Rear End Collision Accidents in Union County, Essex County, and Throughout NJ
Many accidents that happen across New Jersey come as a surprise, without warning. Unfortunately, they are far too often a surprise that comes with injuries, which can lead to emotional and financial results that you never expected. Because so many people rush from place to place and engage in distracted driving, rear-end accidents continue to happen every single day on our roadways. When many individuals hear of rear-end collisions, they tend to think that these accidents are minor fender-benders without realizing that they can actually bring quite serious results.
Rear-end accidents are more common than we think. According to statistics, these types of collisions are actually the most prevalent type of accident that occurs on New Jersey roadways. 23.7% of all car accidents that take place on New Jersey roads are rear-end collisions.
There are many reasons for rear-end accidents that occur on our roads across Morris County, Union County, Essex County, and many other areas of New Jersey, which we will take a closer look at. If you have been involved in one of these accidents, it is imperative to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari to find out how we can help.
Determining Liability in New Jersey Rear End Collisions
According to New Jersey law N.J.S.A. 39:4-89, it is unreasonable for a driver to follow another vehicle in a close manner that could lead to a collision. Vehicle drivers are expected to keep a safe distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them at all times, as a driver could choose to slam on their brakes on many different occasions, leading to a serious accident. In fact, under New Jersey law, to fall within legal standards, a driver must keep at least one vehicle’s length between their vehicle and the one in front of them, which transfers almost all responsibility to the driver in the back. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles, in the event of a rear-end collision, the driver in the back is almost always at fault for rear-end collisions because they were presumed to be following too closely and breaking the law. However, sometimes the driver in front has contributed to the accident in a careless way.
If you have been involved in one of these accidents, you might ask, “Is the driver in the back always at fault?” and you will find that the answer to this question is, “No,” as there are many circumstances that can cause the front driver to be liable. For instance, the driver in front might not have checked their rear brake lights, only to find that one was out and they didn’t know about it. Perhaps they are driving aggressively and suddenly slam on their brakes for no other reason than to cause an accident. One other aspect that you might consider is that objects like animals and debris suddenly show up in the middle of the roads at times, which can contribute to an accident where fault is not easy to determine.
It has also been found that distracting aspects such as texting and driving and fiddling with car radios can distract drivers and take their attention from roadways, which can contribute to rear-end collisions. Acts like texting and driving in New Jersey have been shown to cause serious rear-end collisions to become more frequent in our modern times, leading to more injuries than ever before. Of course, texting and driving is not the only type of distraction that can contribute to these accidents, as drivers continue to eat and drive or speak with other passengers every day – and research has found that these acts are also distracting enough to lead to these serious collisions.
Do New Jersey Rear-End Collisions Only Lead to Minor Injuries?
When many individuals think of rear-end collisions, they might picture the simplest parking lot accident where somebody never put on their turn signal and two vehicles were involved in a simple fender-bender. Many people do not think of the devastating consequences that can take place when a rear-end collision takes place with force and an impact so serious that the results are serious and even fatal. In fact, according to research, over 17,000 rear-end accidents lead to fatalities across the U.S. every year.
You might be familiar with an injury known as ‘whiplash,’ which is damage to the neck’s soft tissues, and is one of the most common types of injuries that are seen in these accidents. Though many people believe that these injuries are exaggerated in the event of a personal injury claim, they can actually be quite serious and cause physical and financial turmoil for somebody who is suffering from a whiplash injury. In other cases, somebody could receive serious and even permanent injuries in the event of one of these collisions such as paralysis, fractures, organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries from the force of impact.
Who is to Blame for a New Jersey Rear End Collision?
Who is at fault for your rear end collision might be one of the most complex aspects that you have ever faced. If a driver was driving aggressively and with reckless actions, it is possible that the driver behind them could be responsible in the event of an accident. On the other hand, if the driver in the back was texting and driving and ran into the rear end of the driver in front of them because they were not paying attention to stops, there is a good chance that they will be found liable.
If a rear-end accident took place and you have been seriously injured, you might be entitled to monetary compensation to help you through this difficult time. Perhaps your injuries have caused you to miss time at work, caused you to experience medical bills you know you will not be able to afford, or caused great emotional distress. Any accident-related expenses can be mentioned in the event of a lawsuit when you want to start working toward the compensation you deserve to move forward.
Speaking with an Accident Attorney You Can Trust at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari
Throughout several counties in New Jersey, our experienced legal professionals at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari are here to help you compensate on behalf of your injuries after a negligent party has caused you harm. Whether you have sustained physical injuries that have greatly impacted everything you do in your everyday life or you are suffering on an emotional level following your accident, it is time to speak with a legal professional at (973) 315-5522. We represent clients throughout Morris County, Hudson County, Monmouth County, Middlesex County, Union County, Essex County and many other areas of New Jersey and are waiting to hear from you. Contact us today for more information.
FAQ: Aside from a driver, are there any other parties who could be liable for a rear end collision?
Yes, sometimes vehicle systems fail, which could cause a vehicle to veer across the roadway out of control. In these cases, the injury liability might rest with the automobile manufacturer. If you believe that a rear end collision was caused by a defective part or entire vehicle, it might lead to a product liability claim for compensation.
FAQ: Are all injuries caused by a rear end collision immediate?
The injuries caused by rear end collisions might show up over time instead of immediately. If this occurs, the damage of the accident might not be immediately obvious, which means that you might fear missing out on opportunities for compensation. This is why it is important to seek medical attention and the help of an attorney as soon as possible.