A 55-year-old East Windsor woman has been charged with vehicular homicide after it was discovered she was under the influence of prescription medication when she struck and killed a handicapped cyclist riding on Dutch Neck Road on February 16th.
The 54-year-old East Windsor male resident with cerebral palsy was pronounced dead at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Hamilton shortly after the accident near the intersection of Dutch Neck Road and Wilmor Drive. The man was operating a specially designed tricycle. According to police, the man was riding west on Dutch neck Road when he was struck from behind by the woman’s vehicle. The force of the impact sent him flying into a snow bank at the side of the road.
The man’s close relatives will be able to pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. There are multiple elements to a wrongful death lawsuit in New Jerseythat an experienced wrongful death attorney can explore.
Conscious pain and suffering is one important element of a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced wrongful death attorney will hire a medical expert who can review the autopsy and medical reports and opine as to the pain and suffering that the decedent experienced before his or her death. This pain and suffering is compensable.
It also may be necessary to hire an economic expert to examine the earnings that the decedent made and determine what kind of economic impact his or her death will have on their loved ones.
The loss of advice and consortium that family members suffer as a result of a death is also important to establish and is compensable. With this particular’s man case, although he was handicapped, by all accounts he was a very active and vibrant individual. He was an avid bowler, bowling in a league at the East Windsor Bowl and Recreation Center on Route 130, and he worked out at the gym on a daily basis.
If you have a loved one who has been killed as a result of the negligence of another, it is imperative that you contact an experienced Princeton wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a great deal of experience litigating wrongful death lawsuits and are here to help you today. Call 609-240-0040 for a free consultation of your wrongful death case.