A nighttime accident on April 2, near mile marker 120 on Parkway South, resulted in death for one man and mild to serious injuries for his passengers, according to NJ.com. The alcohol-related New Jersey car accident, which caused several hours of backed up traffic lanes, involved a 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt, a 2004 Ford Freestar, and a 2001 Toyota Sienna.
The three-car crash began when the Chevrolet Cobalt rear-ended the Ford Freestar in the local lanes of the Parkway. The force of the impact overturned the Freestar and caused it to jump the guardrail, after which it landed in the express lanes and was hit by the Toyota Sienna. The driver of the Freestar was pronounced dead at the scene; one of his passengers suffered internal injuries and was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, while the other was taken to Jersey shore University Medical Center due to neck and back pains. Both the driver of the Sienna, and the driver of the Cobalt were uninjured. The driver of the Cobalt was charged with driving while intoxicated; however, the investigation is ongoing.
According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), there were 257,801 motor-vehicle accidents in 2009. Of that number, 533 were fatal crashes, and 64,348 were crashes resulting in personal injury. Whether due to distraction, fatigue, speeding, or substance abuse, unsafe drivers cause most accidents and should be held responsible for any death or serious injury to other drivers and passengers.
If you were involved in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent driver, the unsafe driver may be held responsible for your physical pain and suffering and economic losses. The experienced New Jersey car crash injury lawyers at Blume Forte can advise you on the best course of action for your particular case. Contact us at 973-635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.