The very nature of an accident suggests an event that could not be avoided. However, most car accidents could be avoided if drivers were more proactive instead of reactive and paid more attention to the roadway rather than allowing themselves to be distracted or fatigued behind the wheel. Many New Jersey residents might know that these are not the only reasons that a car accident can happen, and sometimes, the exact nature of a crash is not readily known.
A recent accident that occurred around 3:30 a.m. has investigators still wondering what happened. According to local authorities, a pickup truck vs. tractor-trailer crash at an intersection caused one vehicle to burst into flames. Unfortunately, the details of this accident have not yet been released by the authorities.
What the local police do know is that a pickup truck that was driven by an 18-year-old man was rear-ended at a stop light at an intersection on Route 22 in Green Brook. The vehicle in question was a tractor-trailer that slammed into the pickup, which caused it to catch fire. An eyewitness to the crash leaped into action and pulled the lifeless body of the pickup truck driver from the flaming wreckage. Despite the passerby's quick action, the driver died in the crash, and his rescuer was injured and had to be transported via helicopter to an area hospital. There are no current details on the eyewitness' current condition or whether the driver of the semi suffered any injuries in the crash.
While local New Jersey authorities continue their investigation into this fatal car accident, they are being assisted by other local and state agencies to determine the cause. Determining the cause of the crash is also important to the family of the deceased victim of the pickup truck, which retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the semi-truck and his employer at the time of the accident. Any monetary awards achieved may help elevate the financial burden caused by the sudden death of their loved one. The injured witness may also explore his right to file a personal injury claim as it was the accident that caused his injury while struggling to rescue the victim that was trapped in the pickup truck.
Source: mycentraljersey.com, "Bridgewater man dies in fiery car crash in Green Brook", Everett Merrill, Oct. 9, 2014