Articles Posted in Rollover Accidents

According to NJ.com, a rollover crash on Princeton Avenue in Brick Township may have been the result of a medical episode suffered by the vehicle’s driver.

According to witnesses, the 71-year-old Lakewood woman appeared to lose control of her Kia Spectra. The car veered sharply to the right, hit a curb, and smashed into a fence before rolling onto its driver’s side.
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A 77-year-old man was killed in a Sussex County car accident after his pickup truck was hit by another vehicle. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the fatal car crash occurred where Route 15 crosses Ice Plant Road in Lafayette. Officials say the man was traveling west when a southbound 2003 Honda Civic, driven by a 23-year-old woman, struck the man’s 2002 Toyota pickup truck. He suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Officials do not believe that he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The woman involved in the crash suffered leg injuries and was hospitalized for treatment. There was no mention of citations issued.

A motorist does not have to be cited by the authorities to be held civilly liable for a fatal auto accident in New Jersey. The family of the victim will have to prove that driver negligence was a contributing factor in the collision. Did the other driver run a stop sign or red light? Was the other motorist speeding, distracted, drunk, inattentive, or otherwise negligence? Did the other driver fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection? These are a few questions that often come up in these cases.

In such cases, the injured victim or the family of the deceased victim would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help them pursue their legal rights. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses and funeral costs.

Three men were injured recently in a car accident that resulted in one vehicle overturning and multiple victims getting trapped inside their vehicles. According to NJ.com, the crash occurred in Pennsville Township on route 49. For unknown reasons, a Ford Mustang and a Toyota SR5 collided. The 70-year-old driver of the red Mustang, which crashed into a guardrail after the collision, was hospitalized for non-life-threatening injuries. A 51-year-old driver and a 55-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries after their Toyota SR5 overturned about 100 feet away from the Mustang. It is unclear what caused the New Jersey car crash or if either driver will be cited for the injury accident.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2009, 14 people were killed in car accidents in Salem County. This is a slight decrease from the 16 fatal injuries suffered in accidents in the area in 2008.

Whenever someone is injured in a car accident in New Jersey, they would be well-advised to speak to an experienced personal injury attorney regarding their legal rights and options. Compensation may be available for medical bills, lost wages, hospitalization, physical therapy, and pain and suffering. A highly skilled lawyer can assess the details of the crash and determine if the at-fault party can be held civilly liable for the damages sustained by the victims.

Rollover accidents are among the most dangerous auto accidents because they usually result in catastrophic injuries or death. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are about 40,000 fatal auto accidents in the United States on average each year. Out of these fatal auto accidents, about 25 percent or 10,000, involve rollover accidents.

Rollover accidents often cause serious injuries such as paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, bone fractures, internal organ damage and amputations. Many of these injuries could leave you with permanent disabilities that could affect your ability to earn a living. A number of rollover accidents involve sport utility vehicles and light trucks. This is largely because of design and product defects associated with these types of vehicles.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a rollover auto accident in New Jersey, it is extremely important that you retain the services of experienced rollover accident attorneys to fight for your legal rights. You may be able to recover monetary compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, loss of wages, loss of enjoyment of activities and other related costs.
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Frank Martinez, 21, died in a van rollover accident on the Garden State Parkway in Wall Township. According to this news report, Martinez’s Chevrolet van was on the southbound side of the roadway when for unknown reasons it veered off the side of the roadway, struck an embankments and rolled over. Officials say Martinez was ejected from the vehicle. He apparently died from fatal head and neck injuries.

Officials say Martinez may not have been wearing his seatbelt, but that they do not know for sure. Rollover accidents cause a majority of auto accident fatalities in the United States. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are approximately 40,000 fatal auto accidents in the country out of which about 10,000 are rollover crashes.

Some rollover accidents occur because of unstable vehicles that go out of control even at low speeds. Occupants of these vehicles can suffer serious injuries because of product defects such as seat belt or seatback failures. In cases where occupants are ejected from the vehicle, it is extremely important to find out whether it occurred because of a seatbelt failure. If that is the case then the auto manufacturer could be held liable for the injuries or death.

A 14-year-old boy from Washington Township, who was critically injured in a Nov. 19 rollover accident, died on November 29, 2008. According to this news report, prosecutors have charged a 17-year-old boy, who remains unidentified because he is a juvenile, with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Police say speed was a factor in the fatal accident when the Nissan Maxima driven by the teenager flipped over several times on southbound Route 17 in Waldwick. Another boy, 15-year-old Kevin Beattie of Emerson, who was a front seat passenger, also died in this tragic crash.

Police are also trying to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this New Jersey auto accident. Officials are awaiting toxicology tests to determine whether the 17-year-old was operating the vehicle under the influence. This teenager, being underage, is looking at severe penalties if alcohol or drugs turn out be a factor in the crash.

However, for the families of the victims, it is a tremendous loss. Two young and promising lives have been lost. Our advice to the families of Kevin Beattie and the other deceased teenager, would be to retain the services of a knowledgeable and skilled New Jersey auto accident attorney, who will help ensure that the wrongdoers in this case are brought to justice. One more question also remains. If toxicology tests determine that the teen was drunk, then who provided him the alcohol? That person or establishment could also be held liable for the accident and fatal injuries.