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South Brunswick Head-On Crash Causes Critical Injuries

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 16, 2013

Three people were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a head-on crash. According to an NJ.com news report, the collision occurred on Ridge Road in front of Indian Fields Elementary School in South Brunswick. Officials say a westbound Jeep struck an eastbound SUV, resulting in life-threatening injuries. Two occupants of the Jeep, both believed to be in their 20s, were critically injured. The driver of the SUV sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the crash.

A head-on collision occurs when the front ends of two vehicles collide. All types of car accidents are potentially dangerous, but head-on collisions are particularly violent because both vehicles involved will come to a sudden halt. There is little give or absorption of the impact force.

Here are some of the ways in which head-on collisions occur:

  • Going the wrong direction on a street.
  • Attempting to pass a slower moving vehicle by entering oncoming traffic.
  • Driving while distracted or fatigued and letting the vehicle cross the center line.
  • Speeding around a curve and failing to stay within a lane of traffic.
  • Failing to properly read and obey traffic signs.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Beginning to make a left turn without properly yielding the right-of-way.

Drivers who are responsible for swerving, turning, or drifting into oncoming traffic may be held accountable for the damages they cause. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a head-on collision, it may be advisable to discuss your legal rights and options with an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer. Negligent drivers can be held accountable for losses such as pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, and other related damages.

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