A safety measure that should have helped preserve life instead took the life of a New Jersey man. Three years ago, a 34-year-old man was killed when the car he was riding in crashed into a guard rail while traveling southbound on the New Jersey Turnpike near Route 80 in Ridgefield. According to an NBC news article, the 34-year-old was not killed by the impact of the crash, but by a perforated guard rail that punctured the passenger side of the car and then struck the man.
Reportedly, the attorneys representing the deceased man’s family argued that the guard rails were installed both too close to the road and atop too high of a curb. If not for the improper installation, it was argued, the tragedy may have been avoided. Unfortunately, according to the report, even though the conditions in which the guard rails were installed were brought to the attention of the New Jersey Turnpike Authority, the supposed problems have not been corrected. A spokesperson from the Turnpike Authority failed to comment on the accident citing pending litigation.
Accidents that result when local municipalities, and other groups in charge of road maintenance and upkeep, fail to properly perform their services are not the fault of motorists. In the above mentioned case, a dangerous road condition played a detrimental role in the loss of human life. While there is no way of knowing whether or not an alternative installation or modification of the guard rail would have made a difference, such a safety issue is certainly worth looking into if it means that potential lives may be saved as a result.
For all instances where individuals are injured or lose their lives, a New Jersey fatal car accident lawyer can help you hold local municipalities liable for monetary damages resulting from the accident. Not only are these types of tragic accidents unexpected, they often leave families to cope with emotional grief and financial stresses that no one should ever have to endure. Wrongful death litigation can be very complex, which is why obtaining legal assistance from a professional can make all the difference in receiving recompense for medical bills, lost wages, and even funeral costs from the negligent party or parties whose actions contributed towards the accident.
If you have lost a beloved family member to due to a dangerous safety hazard or any other form of negligence, the experienced and dedicated wrongful death lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein can help. We understand how devastating a wrongful death incident can be for a family, which is why we are devoted to addressing each wrongful death case thoroughly and in an efficient and timely manner to obtain the best possible outcome. For a free consultation of your wrongful death case, call Lependorf & Silverstein today at 609-240-0040.