Route 1 through the center of New Jersey is a very busy highway. The highway seems always to be choked with cars and trucks of every kind and description. When the even flow of traffic is disrupted, the results can be catastrophic as proved by a recent accident near Carnegie Center Boulevard.
A 23 year-old man from Hamilton Township was driving south on Route 1 when his Volkswagen Passat collided with another vehicle, causing the Passat to spin off the highway, hit a utility pole. A traffic sign and another utility pole. When the Passat finally came to rest, it was in the center of the southbound lane. The passenger side of the vehicle was facing incoming traffic. A Chevrolet Cruz sedan struck the Passat in the front quarter.
The passenger riding in the front seat absorbed most of the impact. He could not escape from the vehicle under his own power, and police were forced to cut him out of the wreckage. He was taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, where he later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the Passat and his two other passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to the regional medical center in Trenton. The driver of the Chevorlet Cruz suffered only minor injuries.
The severity of the crash caused the first responders to request additional resources from the West Windsor Police Department, the West Windsor Division of Fire & Emergency Service, and fire fighters from the Princeton Junction and West Windsor volunteer fire companies.
Because of the complexity of the crash, no determination of liability can be made until the post-accident is completed. The driver of the Passat seems to bear a significant portion of fault, as does the driver of the Cruz. Also, police have not announced whether they suspect one or both drivers to have been impaired.
Anyone who has suffered an injury or lost a loved one in a similar accident may be interested in pursuing a claim for damages. A knowledgeable personal injury lawyer can offer important assistance by evaluating the evidence and providing an estimate of the likelihood of recovering damages for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and future medical and therapeutic expenses.