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Deadly car accidents are sometimes traced to a single event

An unlikely sequence of events can unexpectedly become a catastrophe on New Jersey roadways. Numerous deadly car accidents each year can be traced to a single, seemingly innocuous event. That initial incident could be something as simple as a motorist pulling off the roadway.

At approximately 10:30 p.m. on a recent Saturday night, a 43-year-old driving a pickup truck was hauling a cattle trailer as he traveled east on Interstate 287. Also heading in the same direction at some point behind the pickup was a car occupied only by its 23-year-old driver. Somewhere behind that car was a van occupied by 13 people who apparently all worked at the same Chinese restaurant.

The driver of the pickup truck pulled over in order to check the trailer that he was hauling. The car struck the trailer, and the driver then pulled onto the shoulder and got out. It was then that the van ran into the guardrail, hit the trailer and the pickup. The van then struck the car driver.

He suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, along with two of the van occupants. The other 11 people in the van and the pickup driver all suffered injuries and were transported from the scene for treatment. Reportedly, the injured are expected to recover. No charges have been filed since the investigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, the families of the deceased victims may exercise their rights to file wrongful death claims against the party or parties responsible for the deaths of their loved ones. Those who suffered serious injuries may file personal injury claims as well. Proving negligence might lead to a New Jersey court awarding damages consistent with those seen in similar car accidents.

Source:, "3 dead, 12 injured in chain-reaction crash involving livestock trailer on I-287 in New Jersey", CeFaan Kim, Nov. 30, 2015

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