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Rear End Car Accidents on New Jersey Roads & Highways – Secondary Impacts

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Rear end car accident cases are quite common in New Jersey. Much of New Jersey’s roadways, such as I-90, operate much like highways. Speed limits are often 45 miles per hour, and heavy traffic may occur at all times of the day. In addition, NJ highways such as the Atlantic City Expressway or the Garden State Parkway are well-traveled and very busy highways due to out of state drivers. Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New York residents are often driving on New Jersey highways and roads.

Rear End Accidents & Secondary Impacts

Rear end car accidents often result in very serious injuries, especially at high speeds. A read end accident at 25 or 35 miles per hour can cause devastating injuries. Secondary impacts are also common. For example, a driver (Driver A) is stopped at a red light. Behind him is another car (Driver B). A negligent driver (Driver C) fails to notice the red light and strikes driver B at full speed. Driver B then strikes the car in front, Driver A. This type of secondary impact is common in rear end accident situations.

Another, but less common type of secondary impact occurs when the car in the first impact is pushed into another lane of travel. This tends to occur when one party anticipates the impact and attempts to maneuver out of the way. For example, on a two lane road, Driver A is approaching a stop sign and is almost stopped. Driver B is coming up behind Driver A and fails to slow down. Driver A looks in her rear view mirror and sees that Driver B has not slowed down. She anticipates the impact and moves closer to oncoming traffic, since there is no shoulder. Driver B strikes Driver A on the back right side, pushing her car into oncoming traffic, where Driver A is hit by another car.

Rear End Accident Injuries

Common types of injuries in a typical rear end accident include:

  • cervical spine (neck) injuries,
  • lumbar spine (low back) injuries, and
  • shoulder injuries.

The thoracic spine (mid back) is not commonly injured in a rear end car accident, although such an injury can and does happen.

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