It is just about the most violent type of crash that can happen: a head-on collision between two vehicles going in opposite directions on the New Jersey Turnpike. A recent head-on Turnpike crash was the result of a wrong-way driver just a few miles from us in Cherry Hill.
The Mount Laurel crash left the 21-year-old Florida wrong-way driver dead.
According to an Associated Press report, two Jersey City residents were in the SUV struck by the Florida man's vehicle. They were both injured, though the report did not include the extent of their non-life-threatening injuries.
The wrong-way driver was going southbound in the northbound lanes when the head-on collision happened about 11:30 p.m. this past Saturday.
Officials do not yet know why the man was driving in the wrong direction.
The National Transport and Safety Authority said in a 2012 report that more than half of all wrong-way drivers (and possibly as many as three-quarters) are impaired by alcohol at the times of their crashes. The NTSA says, "More than half (59 percent) of those wrong-way drivers with a reported BAC (blood-alcohol content) had a 'high BAC' at or above 0.15."
In New Jersey, it is illegal to drive with a BAC of 0.08 percent and above.
We do not know the cause of this recent highway tragedy, but we do know that in many similar cases alcohol, drugs, fatigue or distraction play major roles.
The injury victims in those accidents will not be contacted by a remorseful drunken driver or by an insurance company eager to pay what it owes to those injured. Instead, those victims must fight for compensation and justice.
They can can do so with the help of an effective Cherry Hill attorney experienced in personal injury litigation.