Parsippany, NJ – Angelo F. Atienza Killed, One Injured in Truck Collision on I-80 Near MM 46.2

Parsippany, NJ – Angelo F. Atienza Killed, One Injured in Truck Collision on I-80 Near MM 46.2

Parsippany, NJ (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 14th. 

The accident took place at about 4:00 a.m. on Interstate 80 in the area of mile marker 46.2 in Parsippany.

29-year-old Angelo F. Atienza was traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes of the highway in a Toyota Rav4 when he crashed head-first into an International tractor-trailer, according to, New Jersey State Police.

Atienza, a resident of Lake Hiawatha, who, according to LinkedIn, worked as a nurse at Llanfair House, sustained fatal injuries and died at the scene.

The tractor-trailer operator sustained non-critical injuries during the crash.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Angelo F. Atienza, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family in hopes of a full recovery.

Liability for Head-On Collisions in New Jersey

Parsippany, NJ - Angelo F. Atienza Killed, One Injured in Truck Collision on I-80 Near MM 46.2

Where head-on accidents are concerned, determining which driver is at fault is usually fairly easy; the driver that entered an interstate from the wrong direction, drove the wrong way down a one-way street, or drifted into oncoming traffic will be the one at fault. In less common cases, however, a vehicle could have mechanical issues that result in a head-on crash. 

For instance, 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 car part or the vehicle itself would likely be held accountable for the resulting damages.  

If your head-on crash was caused by the other driver’s irresponsible behavior, then you are entitled to file a suit against them. In New Jersey, as in many other states, liability is established through a modified comparative fault system. This means that you will only be required to show that the other driver was more than 50% responsible for the collision. Once this is successfully proven, you are entitled to pursue financial compensation for the damages resulting from the incident.

In the event that you are found to be more or even equally liable than the other driver for your head-on impact, you will be ineligible to collect any compensation whatsoever. In truth, you could end up being the one who owes compensation to the other driver because, once your percentage of fault is determined, they will probably file their own suit against you. Only the court has the ability to assign a percentage of fault to the drivers involved in an accident.  

In New Jersey, injured victims can pursue compensatory, general, and punitive damages. A claimant seeking compensatory damages is involved in just about every single head-on collision case that goes to court. Winning your case means that you will be awarded economic recovery for any injuries and property damage that you have endured. 

Your basic compensatory damages could cover multiple damages, including:

  • Medical expenses
  • Vehicle replacement or repair
  • Pain and suffering
  • Lost income

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

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

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.