Westampton, NJ – Nine Hurt When Special Needs Van Collides With Prison Transport Van at Jacksonville & Oxmead RdsNY/NJ Legal News
Westampton, NJ (August 02, 2022) – Ten people were hospitalized on Monday, August 1st when a van transporting special-needs passengers collided with a van transporting prisoners.
According to the Westampton Police Chief, the driver of the Friends for Cyrus van blew through a stop sign in the area of Oxmead Road and Jacksonville Road at about 9:35 a.m., causing it to crash into a Department of Corrections prison transport van.
Reports show that, in addition to the stop sign, the intersection is also equipped with a flashing red and yellow light.
Three inmates, three corrections officers, and three special needs adults in the Friends of Cyrus van were all transferred to area hospitals in non-life threatening conditions.
The front of the prison transport van was heavily damaged.
The driver of the Friends of Cyrus van was cited for careless driving.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Right of Way Accidents in New Jersey
There are a lot of reasons why one driver might disregard another’s right of way. The ones that occur most often in New Jersey include:
- Drowsy Driving: When a driver is severely fatigued or overly tired, they might not have the capacity to give their undivided attention to their surroundings. They are also less likely to correctly judge distances and might fail to notice that another driver has the right of way.
- Driving Under the Influence: Alcohol reduces your reaction time and impairs your judgment. A driver who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs could fail to yield to pedestrians or other cars. There are also certain prescription medications that can hinder someone’s ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.
- Distracted Driving: When a driver is distracted by something outside or inside their vehicle and, as a result, they fail to pay attention to the roadway, they could disregard the right of way of others. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that distracted driving is any action that redirects someone’s attention away from driving, like texting or talking on your phone, drinking or eating, talking to passengers, or using the stereo.
When drivers fail to yield, it can cause multiple kinds of serious collisions, including side-impact and head-on collisions. Failing to yield at a crosswalk also leads to dangerous accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians. These groups are especially vulnerable because they lack exterior protections of any kind.
Failing to yield the right of way is one of the leading causes of car accidents nationwide. A report issued by a private company that studies collision data provided by insurance companies shows that failure to yield is the fourth most frequent cause of deadly accidents, after speeding, driving while intoxicated, and failing to maintain the proper lane.
Our firm has advocated tirelessly on behalf of our clients to ensure their rights are guarded after being injured in a preventable accident. If you have been seriously injured, contact our vehicle accident attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
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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.