The driver of a RAV4 rear-ended a Mercedes, sending the Mercedes into a nearby Suzuki on Route 31 in western New Jersey. The three-car rear-end crash set off each vehicles airbags and sent all three drivers to the hospital with injuries.
The driver of the RAV4 was issued a traffic citation for reckless driving, causing the three-car pileup by not slowing properly for an upcoming red light.
New Jersey rear-end collision lawyers know there are many circumstances that can make a rear-end crash likely to occur. Often, as in this instance, careless or reckless driving top the list. The good news is that determining who is at fault is often easier in a rear-end collision than any other type of crash. The bad news is that the injuries resulting from a rear-end collision are not necessarily any less severe than those resulting from any other type of crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that there are approximately 2.5 rear-end collisions per year throughout the United States. Tailgating and distracted driving are two factors that are present in many rear-end collisions.
When a low speed rear-end collision occurs, there is often very little damage to the cars themselves. This doesn’t necessarily mean that drivers and/or their passengers have escaped injury as well. It’s not uncommon for individuals to feel fine at the scene of a rear-end collision only to develop head, neck or back pain a half an hour or sometime later.
In addition to tissue and muscle injuries such as whiplash, rear-end collisions can cause knee and facial injuries is the impact sends the driver and any passengers lurching forward in the car, potentially colliding with a steering wheel, the dash or the windshield of the car. Any car crash, even a rear-end collision, has the potential to be fatal.