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Many multiple car accidents are caused by one driver's error

On a New Jersey street crowded with cars, a balance exists that keeps the vehicles from crashing into one another. If one driver makes a mistake, that balance can be disrupted. Many multiple car accidents occur when just one driver makes a mistake.

For example, northbound Route 73 became the scene of a serious six-car accident recently. It began when a vehicle driven by a 19-year-old sideswiped a van. This collision set of a chain reaction that ultimately entangled an additional four vehicles.

Nine people occupied the six vehicles. A 60-year-old man was trapped in his car and had to be flown to the hospital after emergency personnel extricated him. His injuries were said to be life-threatening, but no further information regarding his condition was released.

One vehicle carried a 1-year-old child who also had to be airlifted from the scene due to severe injuries that threatened the baby's life. Two adults in the same vehicle were transported by ambulance for unknown injuries. The 53-year-old driver from yet another vehicle suffered injuries that were not considered to be life threatening; so too for the man believed to have started the accident. No further information about the occupants of the vehicles was provided.

The official investigation into the crash is ongoing, and it is not known whether any criminal charges are contemplated. As for the possibility of civil actions being filed, one of the challenges in car accidents involving multiple vehicles is determining liability. Even though it may be easily discernible that one person was the primary cause of such an accident, additional parties may also be considered responsible once all the evidence has been submitted to by a New Jersey court. If the evidence indicates that negligence on the part of more than one individual led to the injuries suffered by the victims, monetary judgments may be entered against multiple parties.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Baby Suffers Life-Threatening Injuries in Multi-Car Crash on Route 73 in South Jersey", Steve Beck and Sara Smith, June 29, 2015

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