State police and highway traffic officials are trying to figure out why the number of fatal car accidents increased in New Jersey in 2011. Statewide, 82 more people were killed in traffic accidents than in 2010, and a staggering 52 of those fatalities were reported in Burlington County, up from 34 in the previous year. Across the state, 146 pedestrians were killed, reflecting an increase of five. In all of New Jersey, there were 638 people killed in 596 accidents. Why?
An accident can be an alarming and life-altering experience. Furthermore, because cars and motorcycles are fast and powerful machines, the consequence of even a simple accident can be deadly. Unfortunately, there are some negligent and careless drivers on the road, and accidents seem to happen all too often. Last weekend, a New Jersey man died after his motorbike was struck by a car on Route 94.
A recent motor vehicle accident has left a New Jersey man dead and another injured. The accident involved only one vehicle, but no information was available as to which man was driving the car at the time. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the accident to determine the cause of the crash.Tragically, the accident happened at 1:11 a.m. on the Thursday before Christmas, Dec. 22. The two men were going southbound on a major thoroughfare when their car left the roadway and hit a guardrail. That caused the vehicle to overturn and cross the median before coming to rest on the other side of the road. When emergency responders arrived, they found the car to be engulfed by flames, and both men had been ejected from the vehicle.
Readers in Burlington County know that drinking and driving can lead to serious ramifications, including not only financial penalties but also time behind bars for the offender. And too often drunk driving leads to car accidents in which victims are injured through no fault of their own. Unfortunately, two such local accidents occurred recently in New Jersey.The first accident happened early on Dec. 17 in Deptford. A 21-year-old man was charged with DWI and assault by auto after he lost control of his vehicle, causing it to strike a curb and overturn. The young man was accompanied by two passengers, and all were taken to Cooper University Hospital in Camden. The extent of their injuries was unavailable at the time of a local news report.
An automobile accident recently resulted in a pile-up on Interstate 295. Along with several others, a Burlington motorcyclist was injured in the car collision. The accident happened just before 11 in the morning when the motorcyclist was rear-ended a few miles north of the Route 73 exit. The man was transported by air to Cooper University Hospital with serious injuries, and he remained in critical condition on the day following the collision. The crash caused the interstate to be closed in the area for several hours as police investigated the incident, treated the injured and cleared the wreckage.According to police, there were three cars also involved in the accident. All of them crashed into the rear ends of other vehicles. Many of those injured were treated at Kennedy University Hospital in Cherry Hill. With the exception of the motorcyclist, all others were treated and released.
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.
There is a reason why authorities treat driving while under the influence so seriously: it frequently leads to injuries and even death. That was the case with a recent tragic car accident that claimed the life of a passenger. The Burlington County driver is now facing multiple charges.