Dangerous Overpass a Possible Factor in Fatal Newark Car Crash

One person was killed in a Newark car accident involving a vehicle going off an overpass. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal car crash occurred on Routes 1&9 near Route 22 in Newark. One person was killed and a second person was critically injured after their vehicle veered off the highway. The cause of this crash is under investigation. However, many local residents have commented on the newspaper’s web site that this ramp is potentially dangerous. Many believe that this particular overpass can be hazardous, even in safe weather conditions.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s FARS report, 583 people were killed in New Jersey car accidents in 2009. Of those fatalities, 41 occurred in Essex County. Anytime someone is killed in a New Jersey crash, it is important that investigators consider all possible causes of the crash.

The governing body in charge of a roadway must make sure that it is reasonably safe for travel. Defective design, poor maintenance, lack of safety features and insufficient warning signs could make the government liable for any accidents that occur on their roadways. Any legal action against a governmental entity can be extremely complex because of the specific procedures involved.

The reputed wrongful death New Jersey attorneys at Lependorf Silverstein have a history of holding at-fault parties liable for fatal crashes. We help families receive compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, please call our offices at 609-240-0040 to determine your options.