Date Published: 2019/12/17
Three 18 year-olds were hospitalized with critical injuries after a violent wrong-way crash near Route 78 last Saturday.
According to a report from Somerset Police, a Toyota Corolla being driven by an 18 year-old was traveling on Rattlesnake Ridge Road just north of Route 78 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit a concrete bridge abutment.
Police investigation discovered that the vehicle was speeding and was traveling north on the south side of the road when the accident happened.
The driver, as well as two other 18 year-old passengers sustained heavy injuries and was rushed to an area hospital where they were listed in critical condition.
We’re saddened that three teenagers were seriously injured in this accident. We hope they recover fully, and are able to get back to their daily lives as soon as possible.
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