A child was injured in a car crash recently that involved a fatigued driver who fell asleep at the wheel. According to The News of Cumberland County, the accident occurred on Buckshutem Road in Fairfield Township during the early morning hours. A woman was driving two of her grandchildren, one in the front seat and one in back, when she fell asleep at the wheel. Her green Isuzu Ascension veered off the road, struck a utility pole, a mailbox, a street sign, and a second utility pole before coming to a stop. The child in the front seat suffered leg injuries and was trapped in the vehicle. The driver and the infant in the backseat were hospitalized as well for minor New Jersey car accident injuries.
Driver fatigue is a common problem that can put everyone on the roadway at great risk. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 56,000 drivers are cited every year for driving while fatigued. Approximately 40,000 people are injured and 1,550 people are killed every year as a result of drivers who fall asleep at the wheel. One alarming statistics from the NHTSA is that 37 percent of drivers surveyed nationally say they have nodded off for a moment while driving at some point.
Victims of accidents caused by drowsy drivers may pursue financial compensation for their injuries and accident-related losses through insurance claims or civil litigation. The parent of a child injured in a car accident in New Jersey may seek financial compensation on their child’s behalf. The at-fault driver’s insurance should cover losses such as medical bills.
The experienced car accident lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of successfully handling car accident cases in New Jersey. We protect the rights of our clients while making sure they get fair compensation for the injuries they have suffered. We also offer free consultations at 609-240-0040.