A 53-year-old man was killed in a head-on collision in Gloucester Township. According to The Gloucester County Times, the fatal accident occurred on Sicklerville Road. The man was driving his Hyundai south when he crossed the centerline and collided head-on with a Chevrolet Tahoe. The driver of the Hyundai died in a nearby hospital while the driver of the Tahoe sustained only minor injuries in the crash. Investigators working on the accident are trying to determine if the snow storm was a contributing factor in the fatal New Jersey car crash.
The New Jersey Department of Transportation keeps crash records to monitor the trends of car crashes in the state. In the year 2009, there were 257,801 New Jersey car accidents. Of those crashes, 64,348 caused injuries and 533 of those collisions resulted in at least one fatality. Whenever there is a fatal collision, investigators need to determine if driver negligence, adverse weather conditions, or dangerous roadways contributed to the crash.
The family of someone killed in a head-on collision has it in their best interest to preserve the vehicle for a thorough investigation. It is common for police officers and insurance companies to assume that the driver was responsible for leaving their lane of traffic. There are cases, however, where a dangerous roadway or a defective auto product may have caused or contributed to loss of vehicle control.
The Princeton car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help families assess fault and liability for fatal car crashes in New Jersey. Compensation may be available for medical expenses, funeral costs, and lost future wages. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident, call our office at 609-240-0040 right away to discuss your legal rights and options.