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Accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Leads to Serious Injuries

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 11, 2021

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Bordentown Township, New Jersey (December 10th, 2021) – The New Jersey State Police reports that at approximately 12:15 p.m., firefighters from the Bordentown Township and Robbinsville Township Fire Department were dispatched to reports of a serious accident on the northbound lanes near mile marker 54.2.

Police were informed of a vehicle that had overturned and of at least two victims who were ejected from their vehicle. Reports also included CPR being in progress.

New Jersey State Police reports that the JeffSTAT-1, the Jefferson University Hospital’s medical helicopter was sent to the scene and authorities worked to close that portion of the Turnpike in order to land the helicopter and transport an individual to the trauma center by air.

The medical helicopter reportedly landed on the Turnpike at around 1:00 a.m. and rushed the person to the hospital. Burlington Paramedics along with Robbinsville EMS rushed another individual to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Center.

The helicopter finally landed at the Cooper Medical Center in Camden around 1:11 a.m.

There were two other individuals who were injured in the accident but whose injuries did not require transportation to the hospital.

The accident prompted a closure of the Turnpike around Exit 7. Traffic delays were reported for approximately 1 to 2 miles near the accident scene.

There has been a recent update on the accident, as state troopers indicate that the accident happened near milepost 54.1 in Burlington County.

According to the update, a preliminary investigation has revealed that a Toyota 4 Runner and an Acura RDX were headed north on the Turnpike when the Accura collided with the rear-end of the Toyota. The impact of the collision caused the Toyota to strike a nearby guardrail and come to an uncontrolled rest on the outer lanes of the highway.

Unfortunately, as a result of the collision, one of the passengers traveling in the Toyota was ejected from the truck, thus resulting in life-threatening injuries. This individual was rushed to the Cooper Hospital for urgent care.

The car accident remains under police investigation.

There are an infinite number of reasons why traffic accidents occur, but many of them are the direct result of human error. According to a study published by Stanford Law School, human error is to blame for at least 90 percent of all traffic accidents. Based on a report published by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), however, most traffic accidents are not just caused by humans, rather, most accidents are caused by driver error.

Exact percentages can be debatable but regardless of their accuracy, it is more than clear that a vast majority of traffic accidents are caused as a result of someone’s wrongdoing.

When it comes to the study published by Stanford Law, the report was primarily centered around the discussion of driver error as a primary cause of car accidents. Despite this, the article raises an issue with the safety of vehicle automation. After all, human error can go beyond that of driver error. Errors can be made in the production or design of all vehicles, including those that are self-driving.

On the contrary, the study published by the NHTSA reports that 94 percent of all accidents are directly caused by the negligent actions of other drivers. This includes actions made by the driver, such as decision errors like driving too fast for road or weather conditions. This can also include other actions such as misjudgments, illegal maneuvers, and performance errors. Among the many actions, driving while sleep-deprived accounted for roughly 7 percent of all traffic accidents according to the NHTSA.

Traffic accidents across the State of New Jersey are caused by many errors, including speeding. Driving too fast for road or weather conditions has, unfortunately, become commonplace across the state, with people driving approximately 5 or 10 miles over the speed limit. When a person is in a rush to get to their destination, the dangerous practice places the lives of the reckless driver and those around him or her in danger of a serious accident. Speeding leaves drivers with little time to react to an adverse situation that can arise. Additionally, traffic accidents involving speeding tend to result in catastrophic injuries when compared to accidents that do not involve at least one speeding driver.

A second dangerous driving habit drivers can partake in is aggressive driving. Road rage can include making dangerous driving maneuvers such as making sharp turns, weaving in and out of traffic lanes, making an illegal lane change, tailgating, or even street racing. Aggressive driving is a dangerous driving practice that greatly increases the risk of a serious car accident.

Regrettably, many drivers underestimate the dangers of distracted driving and this is a major source of danger when on the road. In today’s modern world, it is extremely difficult to remain focused while driving since there are distractions everywhere, but it is important to know that even shifting attention from the road for a mere 3 seconds can lead to a serious accident.

There are many causes of traffic accidents in the State of New Jersey, but a significant portion of these accidents are caused by driver error. If you or someone you love was seriously injured in a traffic accident, it is important to know that supplemental financial compensation can be obtained from the party responsible for causing the car accident. To ensure maximum compensation is obtained, hire the support of a well-versed personal injury attorney today.

At Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. advocating on behalf of injured auto accident victims is a top priority. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. understand the seriousness a traffic accident can have on the lives of victims and their loved ones. For this reason, the law firm works tirelessly to ensure injured victims obtain the highest amount of compensation available to them.

The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. invite you to schedule a free consultation so that you can become aware of your rights as an injured victim. The law firm will review your case and will help you get started on your accident claim today. Call (609) 240-0040 or complete the online contact form here.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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