A Jackson man was critically injured after the SUV he was riding in was struck head-on by another vehicle in Franklin. The accident happened shortly before 4:30 p.m. on Franklin Avenue near Norma Avenue.

According to Franklin police, a 19-year-old Franklin Township man driving a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee turned right onto Franklin Boulevard and crossed the center line. He struck a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by a 56-year-old Jackson woman head-on. Responding emergency crews reported the passenger in the 1996 Jeep, a 65-year-old man, was unresponsive when they arrived. He was treated at the scene and then taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital with a life-threatening neck injury.

The driver of the 1996 Jeep was transported to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital with a lower leg injury. The 19-year-old treated at the same hospital for minor injuries and released.

Police said Franklin Boulevard was shut down between Baier Avenue and Hamilton Street for around two hours. The crash remains under investigation.

Someone who suffers catastrophic injuries, such as a critical neck injury in a car accident, may face weeks or months of recovery time. They may even be left with a permanent disability that requires a lifetime of medical care. If the accident was caused by the actions of a negligent driver, the injured victim may wish to consult with an attorney. An attorney may be able to help their client file a civil lawsuit against the at-fault driver seeking compensation for their injuries. If the lawsuit is successful, they may receive a financial settlement that covers medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, pain and suffering, lost wages and long-term care.

Source: NJ.com, “Head-on crash in Franklin leaves passenger in critical condition,” Dave Hutchinson , Feb. 11, 2015