Do rear-end crashes pose a big threat to New Jersey's drivers?

Should some technology safety features be mandatory? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in conjunction with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, is considering the benefits of this approach.

The policy review comes in the wake of a recent study examining the safety benefits of forward collision warning systems and automatic braking. Based on police-reported crash data, the warning systems lowered rear-end crashes by over 20 percent, and automatic braking systems resulted in about a 100+ combined percent reduction. Nationwide, the benefits of this technology could be a reduction in rear-end collisions by about 700,000.

The types of injury that may result from a rear-end collision can be significant. Even a commonplace injury like whiplash may require weeks or months of physical therapy and be accompanied by chronic pain and severely reduced mobility.

An attorney can help a crash victim pursue compensation against a negligent driver for treatment costs, lost wages and one’s reduced quality of life. The driver who was at fault in a rear-end crash should be held accountable for the medical, economic and emotional impact that his or her negligent driving made. It may require a personal injury lawsuit to obtain that result, however, as insurance companies may underestimate the full impact of a victim’s injuries.

Yet proving negligence to a jury may require persuasive evidence. Our law firm has experience in interweaving various evidence formats into a compelling narrative, such as witness testimony and visual evidence. Our New Jersey lawyers also provide a free consultation and claim evaluation to crash victims. If you have been injured, make sure you are taking the necessary steps to protect your rights, such as finding a good personal injury attorney.