Traffic in the Lincoln Tunnel was tied up for hours yesterday after a motor vehicle accident closed the north-bound tube. Just before noon, an accident occurred involving five trucks and three cars stopped traffic in the New Jersey bound lanes. A spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey said that the accident is under investigation and that the tube was closed pending the accident being cleared. No reports of specific injuries or deaths were immediately reported.
The north tube also saw an accident involving two buses that left 17 people injured.
The south tube (which carries traffic into Manhattan) was largely unscathed.
The accidents underscore the importance (and legal duty) drivers have to use reasonable care when driving; especially as the region works to recover from Hurricane Sandy. As a matter of law, every driver in New Jersey owes a duty to drive in a way that a reasonable person would. Essentially, they are charged with driving at safe speeds and taking reasonable caution in avoiding hazards. If a driver breaches this duty, and an accident ensues, he or she could be held liable for the injuries and damages sustained in the crash. Money damages can be sought for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, as well as rehabilitation costs.
If you have recently been involved in a car accident, you may feel that you have suffered insult to injury, especially if you have suffered damage to your home after Sandy. Nevertheless, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you of your rights and options and help you get back on your feet.
Source: NJ.com, Multiple car accident causes Lincoln Tunnel to close one tube, November 12, 2012