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Multi-car crash includes car fueling at gas station

Whether traveling on the roadway, stopped at a traffic signal or parked, drivers in New Jersey understand that automobiles pose some risks. A car accident can happen at any time and involve numerous vehicles or even just a single car. No matter the cause, these collisions can result in serious injuries and could affect persons and property nearby the accident site.

Seven people were injured in a recent chain-reaction crash that involved three vehicles. The accident happened late one recent morning when a vehicle traveling south of Routes 1 and 9 lost control. The automobile, which contained five people, hit a curb, knocked down a utility pole and then struck another vehicle that was turning into a fueling station. The impact of the crash caused the second vehicle to collide with a car that was stopped and being filled with gasoline.

The force of the crash knocked the gas pump over, causing gas to spill out. The attendant at the gas station was able to shut off the pump.

Emergency crews responded to the automobile collision and assessed everyone involved. All five people in the first vehicle were transported to the hospital and two people in the other two vehicles were transported to the hospital for treatment.

If, as earlier reports suggest, the vehicle that lost control was at fault, the driver may be liable for the injured in the other two vehicles. If so, and the injured file a personal injury claim against the driver, it could result in a compensation award that could help cover medical bills, damages and pain and suffering.

As this case underscores, automobile collisions can happen at anytime and sometimes in a place where a driver least expects it. No matter the location or the cause, a person injured in a car crash can suffer serious injuries. Moreover, the crash and injuries result in financial hardships. Those affected by a car accident should understand their rights and options. This can often held alleviate financial burdens and make filing for compensation easier.

Source: Courier-Post, “7 people hurt in crash; 3 cars, gasoline pump involved in accident,” Oct. 5, 2013

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