A 30-year-old mother and her 7-year-old son were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a driver who made an unsafe U-turn. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the serious injury accident occurred near Route 9 and the 516 in Old Bridge. The report states that a 68-year-old man driving a Subaru made a U-turn in front of a garbage truck. To avoid a collision, the garbage truck driver swerved into oncoming traffic before crashing head-on into a Honda Accord. The driver of the Subaru has been listed in serious condition, while the female driver of the Accord is in critical condition with several broken bones and internal injuries. Her son also sustained multiple broken bones.
New Jersey drivers are required to exercise care and caution before making a U-turn. According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-125: “The driver of a vehicle shall not turn such vehicle around so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade or at any place upon a highway as defined in R.S. 39:1-1 where the view of such vehicle is obstructed within a distance of five hundred feet along the highway in either direction; and no such vehicle shall be turned around so as to proceed in the opposite direction on a highway which shall be conspicuously marked with signs stating ‘no U-turn.'”
Victims of negligent drivers may pursue financial compensation for their suffering by filing a personal injury claim. Damages that may be covered through such a claim include all medical expenses, loss of earnings, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
An experienced Princeton head-on car crash attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein helps victims of New Jersey car accidents get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, please call our offices at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.