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1 Killed In Fiery Car Accident In Morris Township


Operating a vehicle requires a lot of focus and attention. When it’s dark, visibility is decreased, making accidents more likely to occur.

Sadly, this was the case in Morris Township. A driver was killed after crashing into a tree. The fatal accident occurred on the evening of February 1 on Southgate Parkway.

The solo-vehicle accident occurred when a vehicle left the roadway while traveling on Southgate Parkway, near the intersection with South Street. The vehicle then hit a tree, causing the vehicle to become engulfed in flames. Firefighters responded and extinguished the fire. However, the driver died at the accident scene. The crash is still under investigation. The cause of the accident is still unknown.

Crashes Involving Trees

Crashes involving trees seem to be becoming more and more common. It could be because we hear about them more often. This is likely because these accidents are less likely to block the road. Trees are often on the side of the road, so the vehicle will tend to be there longer and you’re more likely to see them. Also, these crashes are generally quite serious, accounting for 16% of all accidents, but 31% of fatal ones. Another thing to consider is that trees are the most solid things on the side of the road. Even if the car hits a hedge first, it will more than likely end up around a tree.

Why do these accidents occur? Here are some common reasons:

  • Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of car accidents. When a person is not focused on the road, they can collide with trees and other objects. While texting is the most common form of distracted driving, eating, reading, adjusting the radio, grooming, and dealing with pets and children in the vehicle are also common distractions that can lead to accidents.
  • Driving at excessive speeds is more likely to lead to loss of control. This can cause a vehicle to go off a road and hit a tree.
  • Being under the influence of drugs or alcohol affects judgment, making it harder for a driver to safely control their vehicle. This can lead to vision problems and loss of judgment, making it more likely that a vehicle will collide with a tree or other object.
  • A lack of experience is another common issue. Teen drivers may not have the skill and knowledge to know how to avoid potholes, animals, and other road hazards safely. They may swerve and then overcorrect themselves, causing the vehicle to go off the road and collide with a tree.

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Car accidents can happen in a variety of ways. A sudden loss of control can cause a crash that results in catastrophic injuries or even death.

Sometimes negligence is involved; sometimes it’s not. A Morristown car accidents attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can assess your case and help you understand your legal rights. Schedule a free consultation by calling (973) 455-1567 or filling out the online form.



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