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Car Accidents

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Accidents are defined as unplanned or unforeseen events that can result in injury or damage. Car accidents are often the result of driver behavior. In fact, the basis for most lawsuits to recover damages resulting from car accidents is the failure of a driver to use what courts refer to as “reasonable care.” If you are unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident in the Central New Jersey area, the car accident attorneys at Kearns Rotolo Law may be able to help.

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There are a number of different types of car accidents, each of which are defined by the type of impact. Being able to identify the type of car accident you were involved in can help your lawyer prove your case or defend you against another driver’s claims.

Rear-End Collisions

The most common type of car accident is the rear-end collision, which occurs when one car strikes another from behind. These accidents can range from minor fender-benders to serious collisions. Usually the driver that rear-ends the other car is considered at fault; however, there can be mitigating factors involved, such as erratic or irresponsible driving by the car in front.

Side-Impact Crashes

A side-impact crash is when the front of one vehicle runs into the side of another. Also known as T-bone or broadside accidents, these are among the most deadly, mainly because the sides of cars offer the least protection. While the advent of side airbags has helped to lessen the severity of these accidents, the increase in the number of larger cars on the road and higher speeds have led to an increase in the number of side-impact car accidents.

Side-Swipe Accidents

These accidents involve one car brushing along the side of another. The degree of impact is usually less than that in other types of car accidents. However, any impact can cause a driver to lose control, which can lead to another, more serious accident.

Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions occur when the front ends of two cars hit directly. This can happen when one driver tries to pass another or when a driver mistakenly enters a lane of traffic in the wrong direction. Major highways often have barriers separating traffic travelling in opposing directions; rural roadways do not, however, which results in more head-on collisions occurring on these roads.


Roll-overs occur when the impact of an accident causes one of the cars to flip onto its side or roof. These accidents occur when a driver loses control and the car trips over an object in the road, which can be a guardrail, curb, tree stump or even a soft-shoulder. Oftentimes passengers are fully or partially ejected from the vehicle in a roll-over, accounting for an increased risk of death or injury.

The Backing-Up Accident

This type of car accident occurs when a driver is reversing into traffic, often from a parking spot or driveway, and hits another car or object. Since the driver backing-up is entering the flow of traffic, it is his or her responsibility to make sure the road is clear before proceeding.


Defining the type of car accident you were involved in can help determine whether or not reasonable care was used. The type of car accident may also help determine if the accident was the result of the intentional or reckless behavior of a driver.

The attorneys at Kearns Rotolo Law are experienced at handling all types of accident cases. They understand the physical and emotional pain as well as the financial worries experienced by car accident victims. Our attorneys give each case the care and attention it deserves, listening attentively to the questions and concerns of clients to assure each one receives the representation they deserve.

If you are the victim of a car accident, our attorneys will investigate the circumstances of your accident in preparation for trial while you concentrate your efforts on recovery. The law provides accident victims limited amount of time in which to file a claim for compensation. To avoid missing your deadline, contact Kearns Rotolo Law today for a consultation.

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I am an attorney and have practiced law for 26 years. I hired Vic to handle a very difficult family matter because I do not handle family law. Vic was extremely competent and obtained a result far beyond my expectations. Without his counsel my son's and family's life would have been changed forever. Thank you Vic for your good lawyering. I very much appreciate the personal attention and time dedicated to this matter. I highly recommend Vic.

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We recently had a situation where we needed to hire an attorney. We selected Kearns Rotolo Law and I can honestly say that we were above and beyond satisfied with Vic and his team. We would absolutely recommend this firm to anyone should the need arise. We blindly picked the firm out of the phone book because I liked his ad. Now I believe that God was pointing us in the right direction. Thank you Vic and Kearns Rotolo Law for being there for us in our time of need.

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Victor's expertise, due diligence, and empathy for his client made my first experience with the law (and last) a non-stressful one. Before the case, I did my research and looked over about 20 lawyers before choosing Victor. All my sources pointed to him as the best and they weren't off even a bit. Victor treated my case like it was his own and kept me up to date with all my appointments, breakthroughs in the case, and guided me step through step in a process that I never thought that I had to come to endure. If Victor's not available Susy will go out of her way to take care you. The productivity and efficiency in that office is second to none. Thank you Victor!

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