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Speed Believed to be a Factor in Fatal Sussex County Crash

car flips over a truck

An recent motor vehicle accident on Route 517 resulted in one fatality and injuries to two others. While the accident remains under investigation, a preliminary review of the accident scene led law enforcement to believe that the accident may have been speed-related.

Head-on crash between sedan and box truck

The accident occurred in the Sussex County town of Ogdensburg, near 243 Main Street (also Route 517). At around midday, a 2003 Dodge Neon which seems to have been traveling northbound collided head-on with a 2013 Mitsubishi box truck headed in the opposite direction. Police officers noted that the vehicles met in the southbound lane. Law enforcement who spoke with witnesses to the accident learned that the Neon appears to have failed to properly negotiate a curve, ending up in the opposing lane of traffic, where the sedan collided with the box truck. The driver of the Neon was declared dead at the scene of the accident. His passenger suffered life-threatening injuries in the collision and was airlifted to Morristown Medical Center. The box truck driver suffered minor injuries and was taken via ambulance to Newton Medical Center.

Speed a major source of harm to New Jersey drivers

Speed is consistently one of the leading causes of fatal motor vehicle accidents nationwide. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that speeding was the cause of over 9,500 deaths on US roads in 2015. Speeding isn’t just unsafe for those in the speeding car; it can put everyone on the road at risk. When drivers travel at unsafe speeds, they run the risk of other negative consequences. For example, traveling at an unsafe speed makes it more likely that drivers will be unable to control their vehicle. Speed reduces the effectiveness of safety features in the vehicle, meaning that occupants are more likely to get hurt if a crash occurs. Drivers also have less time to bring their car to a stop upon noticing a hazard in the road when they’re speeding.

Additionally, speed increases the force of impact when a crash does occur, and makes drivers less able to swerve to avoid a hazard without getting into an accident. Evidence of an at-fault driver’s speed at the time of an accident is extremely valuable evidence when proving a negligence claim against a driver in a New Jersey personal injury lawsuit. Speak with an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible after being involved in a motor vehicle accident.

If you’ve been hurt in a New Jersey motor vehicle accident and need help seeking the money damages you’re entitled to receive, contact the effective and experienced personal injury attorney Andrew R. Jacobs for a no-cost consultation on your case, at 973-532-9681.

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