Paterson, NJ – One Dead, Three Critical in Pile-Up Accident at Main St and Market StNY/NJ Legal News
Paterson, NJ (May 17, 2022) – A civilian was killed and three others were left in critical condition following a pile-up collision involving a police cruiser at a busy intersection in Paterson on Tuesday, May 17th.
The first incident took place at about 3:00 p.m. when a civilian vehicle crashed into a squad car at the intersection of Market Street and Main Street.
The suspect was then involved in a second collision while attempting to flee the scene.
The driver bailed out of the vehicle but was quickly apprehended a few blocks away on Hamilton Street.
At least four ambulances were dispatched to the scene. Three patients were transported to St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center.
It is unclear which of the victims were pedestrians and which were vehicle occupants.
Passaic County sheriff’s investigators along with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Fatal Accident Unit were requested at the scene. The area was cordoned off indefinitely.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Multi-Vehicle Collisions in New Jersey
Even though car accidents are extremely disquieting experiences, they take place every single day in the United States and New Jersey is no exception. You have no way of knowing if or when some careless driver is going to run into your car, leaving you with serious injuries.
To make things even worse, you could be involved in a multi-vehicle collision instead. A multi-vehicle collision is the kind of car crash that includes more than two vehicles and, of course, more than two drivers. Often, these impacts begin as a standard two-vehicle accident on the roadway. In the meantime, all the drivers in the immediate area are forced to react suddenly. They might not have enough time to stop or at least get out of the way of the initial collision if they are too close to it when it happens.
This can lead to a chain reaction or “pile-up” crash wherein a third vehicle will collide with the first two vehicles, and then a fourth vehicle crashes into those three, and so on. The overall total number of vehicles involved depends heavily on how busy the stretch of roadway is and how the speed at which the drivers are going. The most severe multi-vehicle crashes usually occur on interstates where everyone involved is going fast.
When a multi-car collision happens, there will probably be multiple victims, each one sustaining grievous physical injuries and heavy damage to their vehicles. If you were a responsible driver during a multi-car accident, then you will not be the one held liable. This means you will likely be entitled to financial compensation for your damages from both the at-fault driver and your insurance company as well.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that, since 2015, the United States has witnessed an increase of more than 11% in multi-vehicle collisions. As the overall population grows, the number of new, inexperienced, and reckless drivers on the road grows along with it. Our overcrowded roadways are just one of the many reasons for the increasing number of multi-vehicle collisions.
Our firm has fought vigorously on behalf of their injured clients to make sure their legal rights are guarded after being harmed in an avoidable accident within the state. After a multi-vehicle accident, contact our multi-car collision 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.