Date Published: 2020/04/13
A driver suffered minor injuries after his vehicle caught fire on the Garden State Parkway in Washington Township Friday afternoon, April 10.
According to reports from police who responded at the scene, officers were dispatched to the area around Exit 168 at around 2 p.m. after calls of a vehicle on fire.
When police arrived at the scene, the vehicle was already completely engulfed in flames. Firefighters quickly took care of the fire, but the vehicle was completely destroyed.
The driver was able to get out before the car was completely ablaze, but suffered minor burns from the incident. The driver refused medical attention.
Police are still investigating what caused the fire.
We would like to send out sympathies to the driver injured in this fire. 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