North Brunswick, NJ (November 27th, 2021) – According to the State Attorney General’s Office, a collision that occurred on Thanksgiving Day involving a marked Old Bridge police cruiser and a motor vehicle traveling on the wrong way on a highway in central New Jersey left two small children dead and three people hurt.
The fatal accident happened shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Thursday close to the intersection of Routes 130 and 1 in North Brunswick.
The State Attorney General’s Office reports that the motor vehicle transporting the minor children was traveling on the wrong side of the roadway when it collided into the police cruiser. Shortly after the accident, the children were declared deceased. Two patrol officers as well as a civilian being transported in the police car were also injured as a result of the collision.
Investigators have not yet released the identity of the wrong-way driver and have also not said whether that individual was injured in the accident. The names of the young children and others who were injured in the accident have not been disclosed. Investigators have not released further information regarding the fatal accident. The cause of the collision and why the driver was traveling on the wrong side of the road has not been determined. The case remains under investigation.
New Jersey laws require that the State Attorney General’s Office head the investigation since the collision involved a police officer accident resulting in death. Authorities further indicate that Middlesex County prosecutors will also probe the tragic accident.
For many, driving on the wrong side of the road may seem rare and unusual. Sadly, wrong way driving happens more often than it is believed. The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that on average, these accidents result in approximately 400 deaths each year. The agency defines these collisions as one in which a motor vehicle is traveling in the direction opposite of the legal flow of traffic and collides with another vehicle that is traveling on the same road but in the right direction. These accidents primarily occur on high-speed roads and usually result in head-on collisions. Regrettably, wrong-way collisions tend to result in consequences more severe than other types of traffic accidents.
Regardless of how they occur, these wrong-way driving accidents usually occur during the nighttime and over the weekend. Based on information provided from the National Transportation Safety Board, these accidents are usually caused by a driver entering the wrong side of the road via an exit ramp. Further, these accidents are primarily caused by motorists who operate their vehicle while under the influence.
Wrong-way driving accidents are serious and they often have catastrophic consequences. When a person is hurt in a wrong-way driving accident, the State of New Jersey allows the victim or his or her survivors to seek compensatory damages for the injuries and losses. These damages are meant to reimburse those injured for the pain and suffering they have sustained as a result of the accident.
Filing a personal injury claim in the aftermath of a wrong-way accident is a difficult endeavor; nonetheless, a successful claim may prove to be beneficial. Upon a successful claim, the injured party may be able to secure compensation for accrued hospital bills, mental anguish, loss of employment, pain and suffering, and much more. To ensure fair compensation is obtained after a wrong-way accident, it is necessary to obtain the legal counsel of a proficient personal injury attorney. An experienced attorney will ensure the wrong-way driver is brought to justice and the injured client receives the highest compensation available.
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After you or a loved one has been hurt in a wrong-way driving accident in New Jersey, you will have the legal right of filing an accident case against the liable party for monetary damages, which may include hospital costs, time off work, disability, loss of quality of life, and more. The dedicated litigators at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are well prepared to help you win your case. Consider scheduling a complimentary case evaluation with Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. by submitting the contact form here.