Our roads are some of the most dangerous roads in the country, but that can be said for just about every major city on the East Coast. We are a densely populated region, which means our roads are clogged with not just motor vehicle traffic, but also large number of trucks, buses and vans. And, sometimes, this density causes crashes, and when those crashes involve vehicles with multiple occupants, the consequences are much worse, like a recent rollover van accident.
The deadly motor vehicle accident
This fatal crash happened very recently, and the accident investigation is still ongoing. According to the local police though, a passenger van rolled over in Mercer County, New Jersey, on I-295, just after 3:30 p.m. The van was carrying 14 people, and for some reason, it turned over, killing one passenger and injuring 13 others.
The police do not know what caused the accident, and they did not release how many other vehicles were involved. They also did not release whether this van was a commercial vehicle as it was carrying 14 people.
Right now, this car accident is a black box. But, there are a lot of potential issues. First, if this was a commercial vehicle, and the accident was the result of the driver’s negligence, the passengers likely have a personal injury lawsuit claim against the driver and the owner of the van (business owner). If a road hazard caused the action, the liability may flow to the city and construction firm that maintains the road. If it was caused by another driver, then liability will likely flow to that driver.
For Trenton, New Jersey, residents, the key takeaway is that car accidents are complicated. Even just determining who is at fault can be complicated. This is why it is so important to gather as much evidence from the accident as possible, particularly, photographs and witness information.