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Wrong-way car accidents often take at least 1 life

The force of an impact from a head-on collision can be devastating. Many wrong-way car accidents end up taking the life of at least one of the people involved. A recent crash here in New Jersey was no exception.

According to preliminary reports, the crash happened in the early morning hours of a recent Wednesday. Police received reports of the accident beginning at approximately 5:04 a.m. Upon arrival, emergency responders discovered the wreckage of two vehicles. Only its driver occupied one vehicle, and a 51-year-old woman and a 15-year-old teenager occupied the other.

Apparently, the 51-year-old driver of the other vehicle was traveling southbound when he crossed over into the oncoming lane of travel for an unknown reason. The driver of the other vehicle was unable to avoid the impending collision. All three required extrication by emergency personnel. The lone driver died as a result of the injuries he suffered in the impact. The two occupants of the other vehicle were taken to the hospital with injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Even though their injuries might not endanger their lives, they could still require a lengthy and painful recovery. Medical expenses, lost income and other damages could add up quickly. Fortunately, personal injury claims could be filed against the other driver's estate. Presenting the appropriate evidence of negligence to a New Jersey court could result in an award of damages seen in other car accidents that could ultimately help with the unexpected financial losses incurred in connection with this tragedy.

Source: nj.com, "Man killed in South Jersey head-on crash, police say", Bill Gallo, Jr., March 15, 2017

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