40-vehicle pileup blamed on icy roads

According to reports, the New Jersey State Police are pointing to icy road conditions as the cause for a 40-vehicle pileup that resulted in the death of one man and the injuries of numerous others. The multiple accidents occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike on Feb. 9. In addition to the fatality, at least 61 other people were injured.

The fatal accident itself occurred around 9:11 p.m. and involved 13 vehicles. The 52-year-old man who died was reportedly trapped inside of his Toyota Corolla. Separately, another 21 vehicles were involved in an accident in the inner lanes of the turnpike in the same area. Nineteen more vehicles were involved in a multiple-vehicle collision in the outer southbound lanes.

The injured were taken to three area hospitals, including Capital Health Medical Center in Hopewell, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson in Hamilton. Most were treated and released, although one patient remains in the hospital at Robert Wood Johnson, and two remain in the hospital at Capital Health Medical Center. The conditions of the three that remain hospitalized were reportedly characterized as good. The investigation into the accidents was continuing at the time of early reports.

When people are seriously injured in car wrecks, it can sometimes be difficult to determine fault. In the event of a pileup, numerous drivers may share fault, especially if they are not driving according to the mandates of the weather and road conditions. People who are injured in a multiple-vehicle accident may want to consider seeking the help of a personal injury attorney. An attorney may be better positioned to negotiate claims with the insurance companies involved. He or she may also be able to help determine fault and file a personal injury lawsuit on his or her client's behalf. People may be able to then maximize their damages recovery.

Source: NJ.com, "Ice blamed for fatal, 40-vehicle pileup on NJ Turnpike," Anthony G. Attrino, Feb. 10, 2015

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