Some drivers behave so carelessly behind the wheel that it’s easy to see an accident coming – but avoiding an aggressive driver determined to speed, tailgate, and pass you in inclement weather can be anything but easy. That’s what happened one early February morning, as our client drove northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike to get from his home in Monroe Township to his job in Elizabeth. He was driving through the Borough of Carteret in Middlesex County when a tractor-trailer rear-ended his vehicle, sending him spinning and then colliding with his car a second time.
Even before the collision, our client had noticed the tractor-trailer tailgating him. Witnesses to the crash stated that the truck had been speeding and changing lanes recklessly from the time the driver crossed state lines between Pennsylvania and New Jersey, going so far as to call the tractor trailer’s driving “an accident waiting to happen.” Our client had been trying to get out of the dangerous truck driver’s path when the accident occurred, but none of his attempts to safely evade the truck proved sufficient. The rainy, icy road conditions and the tractor-trailer driver’s aggressive behavior were a disastrous combination that caused our client serious, lasting injuries.
Among his injuries were herniated discs in the cervical and lumbar regions of his spine and bulging discs in the cervical, lumbar, and thoracic regions. He also suffered neuropathy, or nerve damage, in his wrist. Our client received months of chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy as well as epidural shots, but these treatments just weren’t enough. Nearly a year and a half after the collision, he had to undergo discectomy surgery in the lumbar region of his spine.
Still, his injuries continue to affect his life. He lives with pain, numbness, and tingling in his affected body parts, experiencing some of these symptoms on a daily basis. He has been forced to give up golfing and can no longer perform many of the household duties he once did, like shoveling snow, cleaning the gutters, and gardening. He missed extensive time at work, both after the accident and again during recovery from his discectomy surgery, causing his family to lose out on the income on which it depended. We fought to get this client $115,000 in compensation. It was obvious to us that he deserved the full amount of compensation he could get for the toll the accident has taken on his health and his finances and for the suffering he must now face every single day.