Attributing fault in a complex motor vehicle accident can be a complicated job. Most accidents happen in a few seconds, and even persons directly involved may not have observed the chain of events precisely or be able to remember them when questioned by police. A recent multi-vehicle accident on Route 4 is certain to tax police accident investigators even though they have disclosed a preliminary theory of fault.
A 22-year-old resident of Ridgewood was heading west on Highway 4 near the Garden State Turnpike when he collided with several vehicles. One vehicle hit a tree and rolled over several times, eventually stopping after it hit a parked car. When police arrived, they found the driver of the vehicle that began the chain reaction wandering near his vehicle in what was described as “a state of semi-consciousness.” As police watched, the man appeared to drift further into unconsciousness. The man was arrested and charged with DWI, possession of alcohol and illegal drugs, aggravated assault by motor vehicle, reckless driving and possession of a fraudulent drivers’ license.
A 91-year-old man who was a passenger in the rolled-over vehicle suffered serious injuries and was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center. The other drivers involved in the accident suffered only minor to moderate injuries. No other injuries were reported.
The man who was injured in the rolling vehicle may have a claim for damages against the driver whose intoxication apparently caused the collision. Anyone who has been injured or lost a loved one under similar circumstance may likewise wish to investigate seeking damages from the party whose negligence cause the accident. The advices of an experienced personal injury attorney may provide a helpful evaluation of the evidence and an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.