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New Jersey car accident that injured 15 blamed on improper turn

Some might say that car accidents are like snowflakes; no two are exactly alike. Weather, road conditions, driver attentiveness and the number of vehicles and people involved can all affect how a crash happens and the extent of the injuries. But no matter what the details are, almost all car accidents create stress and confusion for everyone involved. And if the accident resulted in injuries or damage to vehicles, those affected will want to know immediately who will cover the cost of medical and auto repair bills.

An accident in Lakewood, New Jersey, this week created massive chaos, even though the collision involved only two vehicles. According to police, a woman transporting several people in a passenger van was turning left at an intersection when the van was broadsided by an SUV. The driver, her front-seat passenger and another of the van's 13 occupants suffered serious injuries that left them in critical condition at a local hospital. Several other passengers, who are co-workers of the driver, were also hospitalized. The SUV driver also suffered injuries.

Police officers who investigated the accident said that the van's driver caused the accident when she made an improper left turn from the far-right lane of the road. It appears she didn't have the right of way and didn't yield to the SUV driver. The van driver has already been charged with making an improper left turn, but could face further counts as the case moves forward. But the SUV driver was also charged with being an unlicensed driver as well as being involved in a crash involving serious bodily injury.

Those who were injured will be looking for someone to hold responsible for the crash, and that person will likely be the van driver. No one relishes the idea of filing a lawsuit against a co-worker, but if the victims' medical bills surpass what they're offered in insurance, they may choose to file a personal injury suit. When one wrong move causes so much injury and damage, it's not unreasonable to demand financial compensation.

Source: Asbury Park Press, "Lakewood crash hurt 15; van driver made improper turn, cops say," Anthony Panissidi and Michelle Sahn, Jan. 31, 2013

  • Our firm handles car accidents and many other types of personal injury claims. To learn more about our practice, please visit our Newark, New Jersey, car accidents page.

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