While no one knows exactly what each day may bring them, sometimes watching for tell-tale signs might help. This may also be true of drivers on the roadway. New Jersey residents may have heard about a recent head-on car accident on Route 20 that resulted in the death of one person and the injuring of two others.
According to witness statements, a box-style truck was traveling southbound on Route 20 at Interstate 80. A Volvo was reported to be traveling northbound where the highway became divided and for some as yet unknown reason, was now facing opposing traffic. The Volvo was believed to be going in the wrong direction when it hit the truck head-on. The impact of the collision turned the car 180 degrees from the point of impact, according to reports. One person from the car died at the scene and a passenger in that same vehicle was injured.
While authorities continue their investigation, the driver of the box truck, who also suffered injuries, was taken to a local hospital for treatment. The current conditions of the truck driver and the passenger of the car are not known at this time. The identification of the deceased driver was withheld until family members could make a positive identification.
It will be up to New Jersey authorities to determine who was at fault for this fatal car accident. The damage to both vehicles indicates that they were facing each other at the time of impact. Should it be determined that the driver of the Volvo was at fault as is initially believed, then the family of the deceased passenger may be entitled to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the driver of the car. Any financial restitution awarded may defray the costs of medical care, lost wages and pain and suffering.
Source: northjersey.com, One dead, two injured in apparent head-on collision on Route 20 in Paterson, Matthew McGrath and Abbott Koloff, Jan. 17, 2014