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One Injured After Two-Car Collision in Bergen County, New Jersey

A two-car crash in Bergen County led to one victim being urgently rushed to Hackensack University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries after the two vehicles collided on the rainy morning of January 25th, in Teaneck.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Sherman and Palmer Avenues and resulted in one vehicle on the side of a home and deployed airbags.

Dangers of Driving in The Rain

Driving in the rain can be deceptively dangerous. While it may seem like a minor inconvenience, rain can significantly impact your ability to control your vehicle and see the road ahead.

Rain creates a slick surface that makes your tires lose their grip, increasing the risk of hydroplaning, and making it difficult to steer or brake on time. This is why it is very important to maintain your distance between cars to avoid rear-end collisions.

Staying Safe in The Rain

If you must drive in the rain, follow these safety tips:

  • Slow down: Adjust your speed according to the road conditions. The slower you go, the more control you have over your vehicle.
  • Turn on your headlights: This will make your car more visible to other drivers, even during the day.
  • Avoid sudden braking and turns: These can cause you to lose control of your vehicle and hydroplane or skid.
  • Use your wipers: Keep your windshield clear to maintain visibility of the road ahead.
  • Be extra cautious: Be aware of your surroundings and anticipate potential hazards. If the rain is too heavy and visibility is limited, it is best to pull over to a safe spot and wait for the rain to subside until visibility is clear.

What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt in a Two-Car Crash:

1. Ensure everyone’s safety:

  • Check yourself and any passengers in your vehicle for any injuries. If anyone needs immediate medical attention, seek help from the police right away.
  • Move vehicles if safe: If there are no injuries and both vehicles are drivable, move them to the side of the road or a safe location to avoid further traffic accidents.

2. Secure the scene:

  • Turn on your hazard lights to alert other drivers of the accident.

3. Exchange information:

  • Exchange contact and insurance information with the other driver involved in the accident. This includes names, driver’s license numbers, and insurance company information.
  • Collect evidence of the crash by taking pictures of the damage to all vehicles, the surrounding scene, any road marks that resulted from the accident, and any visible injuries. If there are any witnesses to the accident, get their names and contact information.

4. Report the accident:

  • In New Jersey, you are required to report any car accident that results in injury or death. Dial 911 or contact your local police department to report the accident.
  • Contact your insurance company as soon as possible to report your accident and start the claims process.

5. Seek legal advice:

  • The immediate aftermath of any vehicle crash can be stressful and confusing. If you sustained injuries or significant property damage, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your legal rights and options, and help you navigate through the insurance claim process.

With the winter season in full effect, it is important to remain cautious and aware of slick roads resulting from rain, snow, and ice.

If you’ve been a victim of a car crash in New Jersey, you deserve to seek full compensation for your financial losses. The personal injury attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. have decades of experience representing victims involved in car crashes and may be able to help you. Call us for a free consultation and case evaluation today at 201-444-4444. We’re here for you.

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