Morristown Front-End Collision Accidents Attorney
Experienced Attorney Will Hold Negligent Drivers Accountable for Severe Injuries and Property Damage
If you run into another vehicle from behind, everyone wants to tell you the accident was your fault. Most often, rear-end collisions are the fault of the driver in the rear, but not always. When liability for a crash is unclear, or when the law starts with a presumption that you were at fault, more than ever you need to bring your case to a skilled and successful Morristown front-end collision accidents attorney who can evaluate your claim and let you know your options. At the Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., we’ll assess your claim for free, and if we think you are deserving of compensation from another negligent party, we’ll fight to get a successful recovery on your behalf.
Head-On Collisions are Some of the Most Serious Morristown Car Accidents
One type of front-end collision occurs when two vehicles collide head-on. If one or both cars are traveling at a significant speed, the injuries can be disastrous to the occupants in each car. A vehicle may even flip or rollover after a head-on crash, increasing the likelihood of catastrophic injury or death. Fault in a head-on collision is often clear, with one driver driving the wrong way down the street or crossing the center line due to drowsy driving, drunk driving or an unsafe passing maneuver. Still, there may be complex issues to work out, such as if one driver claims an obstruction in the road or some other emergency made the crash unavoidable.
Rear-End Crashes are Not Always the Fault of the Rear-Ending Driver
Whenever the leading car is stopped and is hit by a vehicle from behind, there is a presumption that the driver of the trailing vehicle is responsible for the crash. This is often the case, especially if the driver was texting while driving or otherwise distracted and did not see the car ahead to stop in time. There may be other causes, however, that are the fault of the leading driver. For instance, if the car in front stopped in traffic illegally or unsafely to let off passengers, the following car may not be responsible. With the increase in UBER/Lyft drivers on the road, this scenario may occur more often. With the presumption of fault on the rear driver, it’s up to that driver to produce evidence to show why the negligence and blame for the crash belong to the other driver.
Front-End Collisions Cause Serious Injury
If you are injured in a front-end collision, you can be seriously hurt, even if traveling at relatively low speeds at the time of the crash. Neck and spine injuries have been found in front-end crashes at speeds as low as 25 miles per hour. Even at that speed, a sudden stop throws the body quickly forward and back with surprising force. Whiplash or cervical acceleration-deceleration can cause painful muscle strains or tears in the neck and back that are hard to treat and can render the injury victim disabled for a significant period. More long-term injuries and disabilities can occur if the crash causes a herniated disc. Head and brain injuries can also happen if the victim’s head hits the steering wheel, dashboard or window. Even without an external impact, a sudden stop can cause the brain to impact the skull internally, causing bruising, bleeding on the brain and serious injury.
If you are injured and on a limited tort or verbal threshold insurance policy, the burden is on you to prove you meet the serious injury threshold to recover all of your damages. In a front-end collision, this may involve proving permanent injury, which requires the certification of a treating doctor that the injury won’t heal properly, backed up with objective evidence such as diagnostic test results. Morristown car accident attorney Michael P. Burakoff can help you determine whether your injury crosses the serious injury threshold and can prepare and present a strong case for full compensation on your behalf.
Contact the Dedicated and Experienced Morristown Car Accident Injury Attorney Michael P. Burakoff Today
If you or a family member has been injured in a front-end collision in New Jersey, call the Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff, P.A., at 973-455-1567 for a free consultation. We help accident and injury victims throughout Morris, Sussex and Hudson counties from our offices in Morristown, Newton and West New York, and we only charge a fee if we are successful in obtaining a recovery for you.