A rash of car crashes across New South Wales in the past week has left several people with serious car accident injuries and led to the deaths of two more people, according to reports from the Australian Associated Press.
In one crash, an elderly man was killed when he was driving along the M5 near Casula and allegedly drove the wrong way in the southbound lane. The 78 year old was declared dead at the scene by first responders, while the female passenger in his car was rushed to Liverpool Hospital, where she was treated for minor injuries.
The man's vehicle reportedly collided with a BMW, and emergency officials took both the driver and the passenger of this car to Westmead Hospital. The southbound lanes of the motorway were closed for hours after the fatal car accident as officials investigated what the exact cause of the crash may have been.
Another crash took the life of an elderly woman, who was driving on Princes Highway outside of Nowra last week when she collided head one with a truck. Emergency crews said she died at the scene, while her passenger was rushed to Shoalhaven Hospital.
Car accident injuries still a serious problem for NSW
Although the average number of car accident injuries and deaths has been on the decline since 2008, officials say the number is far too high for the state. So far in 2013, 306 people have been killed in car crashes.
The bulk of these crashes have involved standard vehicles, and there have already been more car driver fatalities in 2013 – 154 – than the same period in 2012.
So far in 2013, 64 motorcyclists have also been killed, as well as 38 vehicle passengers and 14 pedal cyclists. There have also been 36 pedestrian accident deaths.
This doesn't even include the number of crashes that lead to serious injuries, though. The latest bout of car accidents in NSW left several people injured, including one 8 year old boy. Reports show that he was struck by a four-wheel-drive vehicle while crossing a road in Fitzrow Falls.
Emergency officials treated the boy at the scene but he was later rushed to Westmead Children's Hospital, where he was admitted in serious condition.
Anyone who has suffered car accident injuries or has lost a loved one in a NSW car crash may want to get in contact with car accident lawyers to learn what compensation may be available.