New Jersey road conditions may be unfavorable during the winter. The sun goes down early, which can reduce visibility, and precipitation in the form of rain or snow can make road surfaces slippery. It is important for drivers to be aware of the conditions and adjust their driving appropriately.

A horrific accident occurred Sunday evening on State Highway 70 between a car and an SUV. The 59-year-old male driver of the car lost his life after reportedly crossing the center line and crashing into the SUV head-on. The force of the collision completely ripped off the entire front end of the car, as well as the passenger side, essentially tearing the vehicle in half.

The 51-year-old driver of the SUV sustained injuries which, though not life-threatening, nevertheless required transportation to a nearby hospital for treatment. There were no passengers in either vehicle. The airbags in each deployed properly, and each driver wore a seat belt.

An investigation into the cause of the crash is ongoing, but both weather and speed may have been factors. Although there is no specific data detailing either driver’s speed, authorities released photos of the crash site showing that the pavement was wet at the time and there was precipitation in the air. A multi-agency effort to investigate the crash closed down the highway for several hours after the accident.

Those injured due to another driver’s poor judgment may be eligible to recover damages. To that end, it may be helpful to have a discussion with an attorney regarding one’s legal options following a motor vehicle accident.