Ridgewood – Driver Suffered Medical Episode Before Route 17 Crash

Ridgewood – Driver Suffered Medical Episode Before Route 17 Crash >
A driver apparently suffered a critical medical episode moments before crashing on Route 17 in Ridgewood Saturday afternoon, April 25.

According to reports from the initial investigation, a Kia Sportage was traveling on the northbound lanes of Route 17 at around 3 p.m. when the driver suffered a medical episode, causing the vehicle to crash near the exit ramp to Linwood Avenue.

Emergency responders gave the driver CPR before rushing the driver to The Valley Hospital in Village.

The Kia Sportage was badly damaged and had to be towed away from the scene by City Wide.

We would like to send our sympathies to the victim injured in this crash. We wish the driver a speedy recovery from their injuries.

Vehicular Accidents

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
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