Wrong-way crashes in New Jersey are responsible for multiple deaths and injuries each year. In the past several months, these crashes have killed or severely injured several New Jersey motorists. A 65-year-old Belleville man was catastrophically injured after being hit by a wrong-way driver in early January. In addition to no longer being able to walk, he has since undergone multiple surgeries. Authorities charged the wrong-way driver with possession of drugs. Another crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in early January took the life of a 23-year-old woman. The wrong-way driver also died.
A report published by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) lists a few reasons why these crashes happen in New Jersey and across the country. As you may have already guessed, the NTSB’s findings show that drunk driving is a primary cause of wrong-way crashes. Impaired drivers are more likely to make mistakes, such as driving onto an exit ramp. More than half of wrong-way crashes involve drunk drivers.
The NTSB’s report also found that a majority of wrong-way crashes occur between 6PM and 6AM. Not only are people more likely to be drinking during this time, they are more likely to be tired and may have difficulty seeing road signs. Transportation regulators have also identified distracted driving as another possible cause of wrong-way crashes.
Can I Sue If I’m Injured in a Wrong-Way Crash?
A wrong-way crash is more likely to result in life-altering injuries or death. This type of car accident can lead to medical expenses in the hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars. In addition, people involved in these crashes may be unable to return to their occupations. The types of injuries caused by a wrong-way crash, such as a spinal cord injury or brain injury, are likely to cause emotional pain and suffering for survivors and their families.
It may be possible to secure compensation against the at-fault driver or his or her employer. The New Jersey auto accident attorneys at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. could review your situation at no cost. Our attorneys could help you determine your legal options for holding the driver or other parties accountable.