An Ohio State University student was killed in a New Jersey car accident after the vehicle in which he was a passenger, careened off the roadway and crashed. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal car accident occurred along Interstate 78 near exit 17 in Clinton Township. Officials say a rental SUV left the roadway before crashing into several trees and a streetlight. A male passenger was killed at the scene of the crash and two men and two women were hospitalized. All occupants were reportedly between 19 and 21 years old. It is unclear at this time what caused the crash, but officials say based on preliminary investigations that fatigue may have been a contributing factor.
Fatigued driving is when a motorist is sleepy or has actually fallen asleep while operating a vehicle. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that 100,000 reported crashes each year result from fatigue. These estimated accidents result in approximately 1,500 deaths and 71,000 injuries nationwide. Many believe that these numbers are conservative because it is often difficult to prove that a motorist was tired or exhausted.
The family of someone killed in a single vehicle crash would be well advised to retain the services of a skilled New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will stay on top of the official investigation and make sure that their legal rights are protected. If it is determined that the driver was negligent in some way, financial compensation may be available for the victim’s family.
The experienced New Jersey auto accident injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of upholding the rights of injured victims and their families. If you have suffered an injury or have lost someone you love in a New Jersey car accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.