Motor vehicle accidents: 3 injured in New Jersey

Three people were taken to local hospitals after a serious accident in Lawrence Township, according to local sources. The accident, which is believed to have involved several vehicles, took place on the morning of Oct. 3. As with many motor vehicle accidents, this crash is still under investigation by New Jersey authorities, who have not yet filed charges against any of the drivers involved. 

According to the accident report, a tractor-trailer rear-ended an SUV for reasons that have not yet been determined. This caused a chain reaction crash wherein the SUV then struck a second vehicle, which overturned and struck a third. All three vehicles suffered serious damage in the impacts. Video from the scene shows at least one vehicle overturned and completely totaled. 

All three drivers were taken to local hospitals for treatment. Though none of their injuries were described in the report, it has been confirmed that one of the drivers was considered in serious condition, while the other two suffered injuries that were not considered life-threatening. The driver of the tractor-trailer appeared to be unharmed in the crash. Police still do not know what caused the initial impact, but their investigation will continue until a cause has been determined. 

Motor vehicle accidents causing injury often lead to charges against one or more drivers involved, but at this point in the current investigation it is still too early to tell if this will be the case here. In the interim, the drivers of all three vehicles may be able to file personal injury lawsuits in a New Jersey civil court against the tractor-trailer driver, or any other driver believed to have materially contributed to the crash. These suits can be filed regardless of whether criminal charges are forthcoming, but evidence of negligence regarding the crash will be required by the court. 

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