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Seconds count when it comes to avoiding car accidents

A recent accident here in New Jersey involving four cars could have included at least one more. The man driving that car found out just how much seconds count when it comes to avoiding car accidents.  Unfortunately, the drivers of three other vehicles behind him were not as lucky.

The driver who got away was traveling on the west side of New Jersey's Interstate 195 when he saw a vehicle from the east side of the highway coming toward him. When he realized the vehicle was not slowing down, he had only seconds to make a decision.  He accelerated and avoided the collision, but a pickup truck and passenger car behind him were not as lucky.  A third vehicle ran off the road because of the collision. 

The driver of the passenger car suffered broken bones and a head injury serious enough to necessitate being transported to the hospital by helicopter.  That driver's passenger also suffered a head injury, and other people were injured as well.  The current conditions of the driver and passenger with head injuries are not known.  The problem with head injuries is that the effects can last long after the initial accident.

For this reason, many people who suffer such injuries experience lengthy recoveries, and some never fully recover.  If those injuries were suffered due to the negligence of another, the victim retains the right to file a personal injury claim against the party or parties deemed to have been at fault.  If the court is satisfied that negligence was proved, an award of damages typically seen in car accidents may be made. 

Source:, "Names released in serious Millstone crash", Jean Mikle and Susanne Cervenka, Sept. 14, 2014

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