People understand the toll that serious motor vehicle collisions can cause. Among the most tragic types of road accidents are those that occur when one vehicle crosses into oncoming traffic and collides with another vehicle head-on. Basic physics tells us that a head-on collision can be more severe than many other forms of collision because the energy of the impact is usually doubled due to the speed of both vehicles involved in the crash.
A 59-year-old South Amboy man was killed in a two-vehicle collision that occurred around 8 a.m. on Feb 12 on Bordentown Avenue in the area of the S curves in Sayreville. A police report indicates that the man was driving a westbound 2007 Honda Accord on Bordentown Avenue when his car crossed over the double yellow lines and collided head-on with an oncoming box truck. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the box truck was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
When two vehicles with equal weight travel at 50 mph from opposite directions and hit each other head-on, the effect is similar to a vehicle hitting a concrete wall at 100 mph. People who have witnessed the aftermath of a serious head-on collision can’t help but imagine how devastating a head-on wreck can be. For the victims of a car-truck collision, the consequences may even be worse due to the disparity between a passenger car and a truck in terms of weight. Such an unfortunate event can easily result in catastrophic and even fatal injuries.
Motorists are exposed to the threat of a motor vehicle accident, whether on city streets, highways, or interstates. Those instances when a passenger car crosses over a centerline or a double-yellow line and collides with a large truck can be among the worst when it comes to bodily injuries.
In certain cases, determining which driver was at fault for a head-on collision can be straightforward. If one of the vehicles involved was driving in the wrong lane, crossed the centerline, swerved into oncoming traffic, then there’s little doubt about which driver would be liable for any resulting injuries or deaths. In some cases, however, determining at fault can be complex. A New Jersey auto injury attorney can help crash victims to determine if they have valid grounds to file a claim.