Two women were killed and six others were injured in a New Jersey car accident involving a car and a truck. According to a news report in The New York Times, the fatal car accident occurred in the southbound lanes of the Garden State Parkway in Stafford Township. It is unclear from the report as to what led to the collision. The fatally injured women were in the front seat of the car. A boy and a girl, who were also passengers, were flown by helicopter to Atlantic City in serious condition. A man, a woman, a boy, and a girl in the pickup sustained relatively minor injuries. The investigation is ongoing.
In the year 2013, the New Jersey Turnpike had the fewest traffic deaths in its 62-year history. The Garden State Parkway, however, continued to have a high rate of fatal crashes. The Garden State Parkway runs 122 miles from the George Washington Bridge to the Delaware Memorial Bridge. It is the longest highway in the state and one of the busiest toll highways in the country. According to the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, 6.3 billion vehicle miles were travelled on the Garden State Parkway in the year 2013 and there were 21 fatal accidents. That is the same number of fatal accidents that occurred on the parkway in 2012.
The Parkway is a relatively well-maintained toll road with wide lanes. Therefore, a significant number of fatal accidents that occur along the Parkway are the direct result of driver error and not a result of potholes and other hazardous conditions. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident that occurred on the Garden State Parkway, it is likely that speed, alcohol, driver distraction, fatigued driving or careless behavior contributed to the crash.
The family of someone killed by a careless driver may pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. A successful lawsuit could provide much needed financial support for losses such as medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages and pain and suffering. An experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer can help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.