Car and other motor vehicle wrecks happen at any time of year. But in the winter, folks are particularly susceptible to them with snowy roads, black ice, poorer visibility and other factors relating to the cold weather. The New Jersey Department of Transportation records show that there were 12,626 crashes in Burlington County in 2013. That's a lot of accidents. Across the state for that year, 4,267 collisions are attributable to snowy or icy road conditions.
When a family loses a loved one in a car accident, it's a moment in time that changes everything. Initially, there may be one word on their minds: why. Soon more questions begin to swirl around, and it's the answers that will help them recover and move on.
Mount Laurel readers may take interest in the details of a head-on traffic collision that recently took place in Mannington on Aug. 5. The crash involved a New Jersey transit bus and a sedan driven by an elderly woman. Eight people were reported injured in the auto accident, although there were no reports of any life-threatening injuries.
Lawsuits are common after automobile accidents, especially when it is shown that one of the drivers was reckless or negligent. In such situations, car accident victims seek compensation for their injuries, as well as for lost wages, medical expenses and any pain and suffering that may have resulted from a crash.
According to statistics provided by New Jersey's Office of the Attorney General, 30 percent of all fatal car accidents in our state involve alcohol. That number is staggering. To honor loved ones who lost their lives to drunk driving, New Jersey families and officials recently gathered in Trenton for the second annual New Jersey Remembers ceremony.
An elderly Moorestown man was recently the victim of a hit-and-run accident as he tried to cross Main Street. The hit-and-run happened shortly after sundown on March 16. Responders on the scene transported the 69-year-old to Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill for treatment. He was later taken to Cooper University Hospital, where he was said to be in stable condition.
It is always tragic when a person loses his or her life as the result of an accident, but when the person is young, and the accident is said to have been caused by another person's drunk driving, the tragedy becomes even more poignant. No New Jersey resident should have to lose a loved one in such a way, and no one should have to suffer serious personal injury because of a senseless car accident. With these problems in mind, Mount Laurel residents may recall one horrible automobile accident that occurred last year and resulted in one death and two injuries.
It is hard to imagine much worse for a parent than receiving a call that their child has gone missing. Whether in Burlington County or anyplace in New Jersey, the immediate fear strikes the core of anyone's being. The first hope is that there was no personal injury, but when the agonizing hours turn into days, even the strongest hope can start to dwindle. And as a tragedy plays out, parents understandably want answers and fervently wish to hold the responsible parties accountable.