Getting into a motor vehicle accident can be a terrifying experience. When the other vehicle is a massive commercial truck, like a semi-truck or an 18-wheeler, it can be even worse. The potential for serious injuries and even fatalities increases when an accident involves a huge and heavy vehicle. Truck drivers are much less likely to sustain injuries in these accidents than the people in the smaller vehicles. No matter how safely you drive your own vehicle, you simply can't control how other people behave behind the wheel. A truck driver's mistake could end up costing you a lot.
New Jersey residents may have noticed the plethora of news stories from here and around the country regarding car accidents in which one vehicle veered into oncoming traffic just before the crash. Adding to those stories is one about a woman fatally injured in an auto accident reportedly caused by a vehicle careening into her lane. Two other people were injured in the same crash.
A woman worked for the New Jersey Transit Authority for nearly 25 years. As a bus driver, she became involved in a deadly auto accident for which she was criminally charged. Since that time, the 67-year-old woman entered a plea of guilty to assault-by-auto in the fourth-degree and recently received a sentence of probation for three years.
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on a recent Friday, a crowd of people outside a New Jersey bar got a unwanted surprise. A woman drove into the crowd. Fortunately, no one was injured initially. However, by the time police arrived, a woman standing outside the bar suffered serious injuries in this bizarre auto accident.
A large number of accidents are caused by driving under the influence of either alcohol or drugs and texting. One of these factors by itself is dangerous to the driver and anyone else on the road, but when any combination of these factors is present, the risk of a car accident rises. In an accident that occurred in New Jersey on July 31, 2012, the driver was under the influence of both drugs and alcohol and was also texting.
The investigation continues into an accident that snarled traffic on westbound Route 78 for hours recently. The New Jersey Department of Transportation was forced to close the express and local lanes while a fuel fire was put out and the on scene investigation was conducted. One person died in the truck vs. car accident and another suffered critical injuries.
Some New Jersey residents know by personal experience that escaping from the wreckage of an accident is not always as easy as opening the vehicle's door. Sometimes, it is possible to wait for emergency responders and survive even with injuries. However, in an auto accident where a vehicle catches fire, if a victim is unable to get out on his or her own, it could end in tragedy.
Due to their inexperience behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, teenagers across the country are often involved in accidents. Many do not yet understand how weather conditions and other obstacles can affect driving. For instance, police here in New Jersey believe that wet roads contributed to a recent car accident that killed two teens and seriously injured a third.
Nearly every New Jersey driver understands that weather conditions can change the way a vehicle reacts on the road. For instance, heavy rains can make the roads slick and difficult to navigate. The weather may be a factor in a car accident that killed an 18-year-old man.
The driver of what was determined by authorities to be a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta was traveling south on the New Jersey Turnpike early one morning. At approximately 4:09 a.m., the Jetta careened into the back of a tractor-trailer. The car accident took the life of the passenger in the car.