Head-on collisions are considered the most serious of all motor vehicle accidents. They don’t occur frequently, but they can be very tragic, often resulting in fatalities. The speed and weight of the vehicles involved in a head-on crash has a significant bearing on the severity of the injuries sustained by the occupants of the vehicles. In collisions involving a large truck and a passenger car, the consequences can be very devastating for the occupants of the smaller vehicle.
On Nov. 9, according to NJ.com, an 18-year-old Millstone man died after the 1995 Chevrolet Camaro Z28 he was a passenger in collided head-on with a tractor trailer in New Egypt of Plumsted Township in Ocean County. According to a spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Chevrolet was traveling southbound on Route 39 around 10 a.m. when the car crossed over the centerline and veered into the northbound lane. The vehicle collided head-on with an oncoming 2014 Peterbilt tractor trailer.
The impact caused the tractor trailer, which was loaded with construction materials, to be knocked off the roadway and then into a tree. The passenger in the Chevrolet was pronounced dead at the scene. The 19-year-old Chevrolet driver and the tractor trailer driver, 73, were taken to different hospitals with non-life threatening injuries. The two teens in the Chevrolet were reportedly heading to Stockton University in Galloway, where the victim was a freshman. Authorities are still investigating the fatal crash.
In head-on collisions, determining which party is at fault for the crash can be straightforward. Typically, the driver of the vehicle that crossed the centerline and collided with another vehicle traveling in its own lane is presumed at fault for the collision. In general, crossing the centerline is considered by New Jersey courts as negligence per se, making the driver liable for any resulting injuries. If there was a defect in the vehicle or there were other parties potentially responsible for the crash, they may also be investigated for liability.
Regardless of whether or not charges are filed against the driver who crossed the centerline, the family of the deceased passenger may consult with a New Jersey personal injury attorney to pursue a wrongful death claim against that driver. Once driver negligence is proven, the surviving family of the passenger may be awarded with compensation to help them move on with their lives. Call Grossman Law today at (877) 764-2215 for a free consultation.