Date Published: 2020/02/17
Four people were flown to a hospital after a head-on collision on Route 31 South in Washington Township Friday afternoon, February 14.
The crash occurred at around 3:25 p.m. when a gray Toyota Prius collided with a while pickup truck on the southbound lanes of the 300 block of Route 31 South.
When emergency responders arrived at the scene, they found three occupants inside the Prius suffering from injuries. The three were flown via medical helicopters to Morristown Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the pickup truck also suffered from injuries and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital in Phillipsburg.
The area of the crash on Route 31 South was closed for around one and a half hours while police investigated.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
We are saddened at the amount of injuries in this crash. We hope all the injured victims fully recover from their injuries and wish them all 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