Parsippany, NJ – Angelo F. Atienza killed and one injured in collision with truck on I-80 near MM 46.2

Parsippany, New Jersey (May 16, 2022) – A wrong-way driver who collided with a tractor-trailer on Route 80 died of his injuries in Morris County on Saturday, May 14.

The crash happened around 4:00 a.m. on Interstate 80 in the 46.2 mile marker area in Parsippany.

New Jersey State Police say 29-year-old Angelo F. Atienza was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the freeway in a Toyota Rav4 when he crashed head-first into a international semi-trailer.

Atienza, a Lake Hiawatha resident, who LinkedIn said worked as a nurse at Llanfair House, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer suffered non-critical injuries in the accident.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Angelo F. Atienza, at this time. Our hearts go out to the injured victim and his family in the hope of a full recovery.

Liability for frontal collisions in New Jersey

When it comes to frontal accidents, it is usually quite easy to determine which driver is at fault; the driver who entered a freeway from the wrong direction, drove the wrong way on a one-way street, or drifted into oncoming traffic will be the one at fault. In less common cases, however, a vehicle may have mechanical issues that result in a head-on collision.

For example, faulty brakes could cause someone to lose control of their car and veer into oncoming traffic. In this scenario, New Jersey’s product liability laws would protect the driver. Instead, the manufacturer of the defective auto part or the vehicle itself would likely be held liable for any resulting damage.

If your head-on collision was caused by the irresponsible behavior of the other driver, you have the right to file a complaint against them. In New Jersey, as in many other states, liability is established through a modified comparative fault system. This means you only have to prove that the other driver was more than 50% responsible for the collision. Once this is successfully proven, you have the right to claim financial compensation for damages resulting from the incident.

In the event that you are found to be more or even equally responsible than the other driver for your frontal impact, you will not be entitled to any compensation whatsoever. In truth, you could end up being the one who owes the other driver compensation because, once your fault percentage is determined, they will likely file their own lawsuit against you. Only the court has the ability to assign a percentage of fault to drivers involved in an accident.

In New Jersey, injured victims can seek compensatory, general, and punitive damages. A plaintiff seeking compensatory damages is involved in almost every head-on collision case that comes to court. Winning your case means you will receive economic recovery for the injuries and property damage you have suffered.

Your basic compensatory damages could cover several damages, including:

  • Medical fees
  • Vehicle replacement or repair
  • pain and suffering
  • lost income

Our team works diligently to help victims hold those responsible accountable and collect the maximum amount of compensation for medical care, lost wages and various other damages resulting from their accidents. If you have been injured in a collision through no fault of your own, contact our New Jersey car accident attorneys at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.

Remarks: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post, including news reports and first-hand accounts of the crash and injuries involved. As a result, the accident details presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post removed, please let us know immediately, and we will either correct the information or remove the post.

Warning: As a member of the local community, at Metro Law we strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for all who live in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that by becoming aware of these dangers, members of our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a commercial solicitation and this information should not be construed as medical or legal advice. We wish everyone involved in the accident the best and fastest recovery. The photos shown in this article are not from the actual scene of the accident.

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