Date Published: 2020/02/14
A single vehicle crash early Thursday morning, February 13, on the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark caused a closure and injuries.
According to reports from police at the scene, the accident occurred on the inner roadway southbound ramp at I-78 just before 3:25 a.m.
The driver sustained minor injuries and was transported by emergency medical services to a nearby hospital for treatment.
The crash caused a close on a ramp on Interchange 14, causing massive delays. The ramp was reopened by 9 a.m.
We would like to send our sympathies to the driver injured in this crash. We understand how stressful it can be to deal with injuries and we wish the driver 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