Date Published: 2019/12/18
A 19 year-old man from Oakland died after a head-on collision on Green Pond Road in Rockaway last Friday.
According to police reports, the man was driving northbound in a Mercedez Benz on Green Pond Road when he crossed into the southbound lanes and collided into a Mazda driven by a 24 year-old woman from Sussex Borough at approximately 9 a.m.
The 19 year-old driver sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene, while the 24 year-old woman from Sussex Borough sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. She was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
Police are still investigating what caused the crash.
We would like to send our condolences to the family of the deceased. We hope they find the strength to move past this tragic accident. We also wish the female driver a speedy recovery from her injuries.
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