Local New Jersey Driver Seriously Injured by Construction Debris
A young man driving past a work site in Holland Township suffered a serious injury when a piece of metal flew through his vehicle’s window while he drove. Learn about the accident below, and contact an experienced personal injury lawyer if you’ve been hurt in a construction zone accident in New Jersey.
Metal object from work site injures Holland Township driver
The recent accident occurred in Hunterdon County, along a stretch of Route 519 that passed through Holland Township. Route 519 is currently in the process of being widened in this area, and crews are now working to remove the trees where the road will be widened. On the day of the accident, a 23-year-old man was driving through the construction zone. The tree removal truck was then parked along the side of the road, sitting idle. While these tree removal machines are idle, the saw in the machine is still spinning. Authorities believe that, as the man drove past in a work van, the spinning saw blade in the tree removal truck picked up a metal telephone pole clamp that had been sitting either in the ground or a nearby bush and projected it into the passing van. The metal clamp flew through the rear passenger-side window of the van, through the metal cage protecting the driving compartment, and into the driver’s neck.
The van’s driver was rendered unconscious when he was struck by the projectile. Fortunately, the passenger riding in the van was able to apply pressure to the man’s wound and steer the van to safety along the side of the road. The driver was taken by helicopter to St. Luke’s Hospital. Local police have asked any witnesses to the accident to come forward and are continuing to investigate the incident.
Construction zones often present perilous conditions for passersby. Drivers must be vigilant to avoid heavy machinery which enters the roadway suddenly. Often, construction projects make the road less safe, such as when heavy equipment causes potholes in the road, or gravel or other matter makes the roadway dangerously slippery. The recent accident in Hunterdon County is an example of the ways that construction sites can cause unpredictable and potentially-lethal accidents for unsuspecting drivers. Local or state government bodies may bear liability for these accidents, as well as the companies they contract with. Victims should speak with an experienced New Jersey car accident lawyer right away to learn about their claim and the next steps to take.
If you or someone you love has been hurt in a New Jersey accident, find out whether you can file a claim for money damages by contacting the experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation at 973-532-9681.