When more than two vehicles are involved in a traffic accident, the primary concern of authorities is the condition of people involved in the crash. Their next concern is how to keep traffic moving. When everything has been taken care of and traffic gets back to normal, the individuals injured in the wreck and their families are often left to wonder who is going to pay for the damage. When it comes down to determining liability, this type of accident often causes much confusion.
According to New Jersey State Police, a 48-year-old Philadelphia man was killed in a three-vehicle crash that occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in Elizabeth around 7:19 a.m. on October 26. Police said the man was driving a Toyota RAV4 when he crossed into the outer roadway, and directly into the path of a northbound Ford van. The Ford driver was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the Toyota.
The Toyota was struck from behind by the Ford, causing the Toyota to crash into a guardrail. The Ford was also rear-ended by another vehicle. The Toyota driver was unconscious but not breathing, although were no visible signs of physical injuries. He was transported to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A female passenger in the Toyota and a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Ford sustained injuries.
The severity of the injuries sustained in a multi-vehicle accident broadly varies depending on the nature of the impacts, and the speed, number, and sizes of the vehicles involved. Whether the accident involves low speeds on a side street or high speeds on a major highway, it usually affects multiple individuals.
Under New Jersey’s Comparative Negligence Act, injured individuals are able to recover damages provided that their fault for the accident is not more than 50 percent. Determining the degree of fault or liability may be easier in two-vehicle accident cases. With traffic wrecks involving three or more vehicles, determining liability can be difficult. Consulting with a New Jersey personal injury attorney can help crash victims and their families determine if they have valid grounds to file a compensation claim, and which party or parties are potentially liable for their losses.