Most New Jersey residents already know the dangers of driving on the New Jersey Turnpike. On top of that, morning rush hour can make matters worse because drivers are racing to get to work on time. Sometimes this can cause a car accident. While it may not be uncommon for accidents to happen, it typically is when someone dies as a result of it.
For one man who was a passenger in a Toyota, his morning commute would end in disaster. The car he was riding in was struck from behind while stopped at the toll booth at the New Jersey Turnpike extension at Jersey City shortly after 6 a.m. The vehicle that struck the Toyota was a Lincoln Town Car operated by a man from Jersey City, said to be 24 years old. The impact of the collision killed the passenger in the Toyota.
However, the Toyota was propelled forward through a coned area and directly into another car. Both cars came to rest in the exit of Interchange 14C. The four remaining injured persons were transported to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
While New Jersey State Police continue to investigate this fatal car accident, the victims are likely struggling with their recovery from their injuries. It was necessary for the Turnpike to be closed for a few hours so the accident scene could be investigated and cleaned up. No statements have been released at this time as to the cause for the crash. As they grieve for the loss of their loved one, the family of the deceased victim may file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the Town car, while the injured parties may file personal injury claims as well. Any damages received as the result of successfully litigated claims could offset the expenses the parties have incurred.
Source: nj.com, "Brooklyn man dead, 4 injured in Jersey City Turnpike crash: police", Vonecia Carswell, June 13, 2014