• August 30, 2022

Two Injured in Auto Accident on Interstate 78 in Clinton Township, NJ

Clinton Township, NJ — August 28, 2022, two people were seriously injured in a traffic collision on Interstate 78 in Clinton Township.

According to reports the incident happened around 1:25 a.m. on eastbound I-78 near mile marker 21.2. Preliminary investigation suggests a Ford F-350 pickup truck was headed east when the driver lost control for unknown reasons. The truck left the road onto the shoulder and crashed into a Ford Crown Victoria that was stopped there.

Both vehicles' drivers were seriously injured in the collision.

The investigation is ongoing. No further information is currently available.

Two Injured in Auto Accident on Interstate 78 in Clinton Township, NJ

Commentary on Clinton Twp Auto Accident on I-78

Early reports about this accident give few details about what happened, and certainly don't explain why things went the way they did. As investigators work to find out more, they must look beyond the most common explanations (speeding, driver distraction, etc) and consider many other potential factors: Problems or defects in the vehicles, road conditions and design, lighting, visibility and sightlines, missing or unclear signage, bad weather, traffic patterns in the area, and many other things that could have influenced or even caused the crash.

Unfortunately I've learned over the years that a "by-the-book" police investigation doesn't always dig deep enough to account for all those details. Incomplete or incorrect police reports can make serious problems if people seek answers or help after a wreck. That's why it's best that they know what investigators should look for, and then work with experts who will be careful and thorough enough to find the truth. Important as law enforcement is, their efforts aren't always enough to get victims and families what they need.

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