Surveillance Video: Who Was At Fault?

This accident occurred this morning at the intersection of Cedarbridge Avenue and New Hampshire Ave. in Lakewood.

No injuries were reported.

Who do you believe was at fault?

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  1. I would say the driver of the car was most likely texting. But in this case I would blame the engineer who designed this intersection. It’s not for no reason that there a least one accident a day over there. While there is no justification for using a phone while driving, unfortunately drivers do so anyway at every other intersection in town but they don’t see that many accidents.

  2. Although you should only make a left when you have enough room in this case. It looks like the black car was not watching and was going slow enough to have avoided the truck.

  3. The black car had enough time to slow down before entering the intersection. He clearly wasn’t watching the oncoming traffic carefully. Big trucks like that need time to make turns.

  4. “It’s against the law to text and drive at the same time,” the police officer told the driver. “I’m giving you a ticket.”
    “Where does the Constitution say that I can’t text and drive at the same time?” the driver asked the police officer.
    “It doesn’t say it,” the police officer said, “but I’m not one of these strict constructionists or originalists who adheres strictly to the text. The law is the law. Period!”
    “Well, that’s a shame,” the driver told the police officer. “Because I’m the exact opposite of you. I’m very strict when it comes to texts, and I make sure to read them as soon as I receive them, including the text I received from the pizza shop while I was driving, right before you stopped me, informing me that my pizza and fries were ready for pickup.”
    “Hmm, well, I just texted you a copy of your ticket,” the police officer told the driver. “And since you’re very strict when it comes to texts, I’m sure you’ll read my text, and pay the fine on the traffic ticket that I texted you. Have a nice day.”

  5. It is very possible that the driver of the car needs cataract surgery. The problem is that we are busy and lazy. No one has time to make an appointment with the eye doctor.
    We are all busy and lazy.
    Don’t bother me about any doctors.
    It is very obvious that the driver has a vision issue.
    You can no longer be in denial. Thank God you were not injured.

  6. While the car could’ve been more alert, I would think the law is that the truck has no right to make a left turn unless it is 1000% sure that it is safe to do so.
    The fact that an accident occurred (due to failure of the car to slow down), means that the truck didn’t have enough time, and shouldn’t have made the left turn.

  7. Is this a real question…? Obviously the car.
    The truck was turning across the intersection long before the car was even near the light… He apparently wasn’t looking..

    • Exactly…..” driver inattention” appears to be the culprit. There’s even a box on the accident reports where this is listed as the possible cause.

  8. Legally… most of the fault would be with the truck. He did not have the right of way. You can argue about it all day… but the guy going straight has the right of way. Trouble is it was a big long truck and the car looks like he was not paying full attention. The car could get a ticket… but liability will lie mostly with the truck.

  9. I don’t think this guy was texting or on the phone otherwise he wouldn’t have slowed down as he was getting closer to the intersection. It’s obvious that the driver didn’t think it was an 18-wheeler truck. He probably thought he can slow down at just enough speed that he can just make it out as the rear of the truck turns. But his calculations were incorrect because it was a longer truck than he thought it was originally. The driver of the car is at fault, most definitely and without a doubt. No questions!

  10. NJ 39:4-90
    The truck was already in the intersection and had the right of way since the car was neither in the intersection or wasn’t close enough to be considered an immediate hazzard. All you have to do is reference the car traveling just behind and to the right. That vehicle slowed and stopped in plenty of time. So if the truck driver did indeed receive a ticket he can fight it and the driver of the car should be charged with failure to yield.

    • True, the car was a little further back but as it entered the video you can see it clearly slowing down so that it came to a controlled stop before entering the intersection. The car involved in the accident made no deliberate effort to stop until it reached the crosswalk as you can see by the nose of the car starting to dive.

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