According to reports from Alpha Police, two workers were outside their vehicles on the shoulder of the highway when a tractor-trailer entered the shoulder and struck a construction vehicle, before hitting both pedestrians at around 4 a.m.
One of the workers sustained critical injuries and was airlifted to an area hospital for treatment, where he remains in critical but stable condition. The other worker sustained moderate injuries and was taken to the same hospital for treatment.
The driver of the tractor-trailer stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
We would like to send our sympathies to the injured victims. We hope they are able to fully recover from their injuries and wish them a speedy recovery.
Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.
In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.
We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers Last Updated : November 29, 2021