Browns Mills, NJ – William Benner Jr. Dies, One Injured in Five-Car Crash at SR-70 and Spring Lake Blvd

Browns Mills, NJ – William Benner Jr. Dies, One Injured in Five-Car Crash at SR-70 and Spring Lake Blvd

Browns Mills, NJ (May 10, 2022) – Authorities reported the death of one man and the serious injury of another following a multi-car collision on Tuesday, May 9th in Burlington County.  

The deceased has since been identified as 28-year-old William Benner Jr. 

At about 7:00 a.m., emergency responders were dispatched for reports of a serious accident at the intersection of Spring Lake Boulevard and State Route 70 in Browns Mills. 

Officials said that five vehicles were involved, including a Chevy TrailBlazer driven by Benner. 

A 51-year-old driver from Ocean County sustained serious injuries and was taken to Atlantic City Medical Center for urgent care. 

No other major injuries were reported, but a teenage driver involved in the incident was brought by their parent to a local hospital for evaluation.

The collision caused the extended closure of a stretch of State Route 70.  

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the crash. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. William Benner Jr., at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Causes and Liability in Multi-Vehicle Accidents in New Jersey

Browns Mills, NJ - William Benner Jr. Dies, One Injured in Five-Car Crash at SR-70 and Spring Lake Blvd

A multi-car accident is a collision involving three or more vehicles. Multi-car crashes can take place anywhere, at any time. There are some factors, however, that can increase the chances of a multi-vehicle pile-up. Some common examples include:

  • Poor road conditions: Inclement weather, particularly ice, snow, and dense fog causing low visibility, frequently plays a role in multi-car accidents. Drivers might not see a previous accident until it is too late, or in an attempt to circumvent already-wrecked vehicles, they might brake too hard or jerk the wheel on icy or snowy roadways, both of which can cause drivers to lose control.
  • Speeding: Driving above the speed limit is a common factor in all kinds of accidents and multi-vehicle crashes are no different. Speeding gives drivers less time to react and makes it harder to slow down in time or merge safely to avoid hitting other vehicles.
  • Following too closely: When one vehicle follows another too closely and a rear-end accident occurs, it is unlikely that the following driver will be able to stop in time due to the insufficient amount of space in between the two cars.   
  • Rubbernecking: A term used to describe the act of drivers slowing down or stopping to look at police activity or an accident scene, rubbernecking is responsible for more than its fair share of accidents. This is due to drivers being distracted and taking their focus off the road. It can also cause traffic to slow down, creating conditions that are ideal for a rear-end collision.  

The more parties that are involved in the accident, the more complicated it is to determine who is liable for a multi-vehicle accident. 

To assign liability in these cases, New Jersey law applies a rule called modified joint and several liability, meaning if a person is found to be less than 60% at fault for the accident, they are responsible for paying damages equal to their degree of fault.

Our team works hard to help clients hold those responsible for their accident accountable for their actions and collect the full amount of financial compensation for their damages. If you were injured in a multi-vehicle accident, contact our multi-car accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.