Lawrence Township, NJ (June 26th, 2020) – Around 4 p.m. on June 26th, a multi-vehicle collision occurred on the 3000 Block of Route 1 southbound just before Franklin Corner Road. One of the vehicles was rear-ended, which resulted in its passengers becoming entrapped in the vehicle. The passengers were extracted with the help of the local fire department that had to remove the vehicle’s roof to reach the entrapped passengers.
According to reports, a total of seven people were injured and four of those injured had to be transported to the hospital for treatment. The identities of those involved have not been disclosed and the cause of the accident has not yet been determined.
Chain reaction auto accidents, also known as multi-vehicle collisions or pileup accidents are usually traumatic incidents that occur when three or more motor vehicles collide with one another. In many cases, one motorist will strike the rear of another driver’s vehicle, which will force that vehicle to propel into the vehicles in front. Generally, chain reaction accidents will continue until there are no further vehicles in front or when the force of the last impact is no longer as strong to cause further accidents.
Multi-vehicle accidents are dangerous, as they will force occupants to endure various impacts throughout the series of collisions. Additionally, these accidents will usually place vehicle occupants at risk of serious injury because these accidents happen suddenly and unexpectedly, leaving passengers with no time to brace themselves for the impact.
One of the most common injuries that occur in multi-vehicle accidents is whiplash. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, or NINDS, whiplash is a soft tissue injury that occurs in a person’s neck. The neck injury can include damage to intervertebral joints, ligaments, discs, cervical muscles, as well as nerve roots. Depending on the severity of the neck injury, symptoms can be present soon after the injury or they may be delayed for multiple days. In addition to pain, injured people may also experience stiffness in their neck, injury to surrounding muscles and ligaments, a burning or prickling sensation in the area, headaches, and even dizziness. When the injury is severe, the affected individual may experience memory loss, nervousness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, concentration impairment, as well as depression.
The second type of catastrophic injury typically occurring in rear-end accidents, including multi-vehicle accidents, is a spinal cord injury. Spinal cord injuries are some of the most devastating injuries a person can sustain in a motor vehicle accident, as they can lead to paralysis. According to NINDS, spinal cord injuries will usually occur when there is a sudden and traumatic blow to a person’s spine, which ultimately fractures or dislocates the person’s vertebrae. The symptoms of a spinal cord injury will usually be immediately apparent, unlike most whiplash injuries. Depending on the severity of the injury, a spinal cord injury can cause compression or a fracture to the vertebrae, which will crush axons, which are responsible for carrying signals along the spinal cord between the brain and the rest of the body.
Multi-vehicle accidents can result in very serious consequences that can affect a person for the rest of his or her life. Unfortunately, some of the most catastrophic injuries have long term effects, and this can typically result in a permanent disability and lifelong pain and suffering. When a catastrophic injury is sustained in a multi-vehicle accident, there is a high probability of undergoing serious emotional distress as well as economic hardship.
If you or someone you love was injured in a multi-vehicle accident, it is very important to seek the appropriate legal counsel as soon as possible. A well-established attorney will ensure full compensation for the damages is secured.
The New Jersey accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C., are exceptionally equipped to handle the most complex auto accident cases, including multi-vehicle collisions. For more than 20 years, the law firm has triumphed on behalf of auto accident victims, helping them secure the monetary compensation they needed for their medical expenses and accrued damages. Consider contacting Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free case evaluation by calling (609) 240-0040 today.