An elderly man and his wife were traveling on the Palisades Parkway near Ramapo when, for an unknown reason, the man lost control of the vehicle, drove into the wooded median and then struck a large tree, according to the Times Herald-Record. The 81-year old man was pronounced dead at the scene. His 79-year old wife was partially ejected during the crash and was taken to a nearby hospital where she succumbed to her injuries. Sadly, neither of the two occupants was wearing seat belts.
The cause of the accident is unknown, however, there are a number of reasons that may have contributed to the crash including slippery or dangerous roadways, defective or malfunctioning vehicle components or debris or an animal in the road that may have caused the man to swerve. An investigation will determine the cause of this tragic accident. If a defective vehicle part or dangerous roadways contributed to this collision, the family members of the victims could hold negligent parties responsible for the New Jersey wrongful deaths of their loved ones.
In the event that a defective part played a role, the family of the deceased may be able to hold the vehicle manufacturer liable, especially if the manufacturer knew of a problem and did nothing to remedy it. Should the roadways be found to have been in poor condition, thus contributing to the accident, the family may hold the city accountable.
If you have lost a loved one in an auto accident that resulted from another party’s negligence, you are entitled to seek help from an experienced New Jersey auto accident wrongful death attorney. The dedicated legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein understands that the loss of a loved one is never easy. With nearly twenty years of experience each, our New Jersey wrongful death lawyers have handled numerous cases and garnered fair and just compensation for families of victims who were killed in auto accidents. Let the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help protect your legal rights. Call us today at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation of your case.