A car crash in Toms River has led to DUI charges for one person involved. According to a news report, a man from Manchester was driving an SUV when he struck another vehicle on Route 571 and Whitesville Road. The 66-year-old driver was heading east at the time he allegedly caused the collision.
A problem with the traffic lights and a driver’s mistake
The Toms River Police stated that the crash, which was at around 6:30 p.m., happened when the man turned into the path of another SUV. The driver of that vehicle, a 17-year-old woman, hit a curb before overturning. She had to receive medical treatment for her injuries, and her passengers were also transported to the hospital.
It’s interesting to note that even though the 66-year-old man was charged with multiple violations, including a DUI, but it was noted that both vehicles had a green light at the time of the crash. That could imply that the local government or state may also be liable for the collision since at least one of the drivers should have had a red light.
Complicated questions about liability and the right to compensation for victims
This case is a good example of one where multiple parties may be to blame for injuries that were suffered by the victims. Sometimes, traffic signals are not coordinated correctly. In those situations, crashes are more likely. Drivers who drink and drive are also more likely to cause crashes and may fail to consider the impact of running a yellow light that has just turned red or make impulsive decisions behind the wheel.
If you’re hurt in a crash with a drunk driver or as a result of traffic signal failures, you may have a case for compensation. When the situation is complicated, getting the responsible parties to accept liability may not be easy without legal assistance.