A 54-year-old man was killed in a New Jersey car accident that involved a 2003 Dodge Ram and a 2003 Ford Taurus crashing head-on. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal car accident occurred on Route 71 in Brielle on January 17. Police believe the victim’s vehicle veered into oncoming traffic. The 54-year-old man from Brick died in a nearby hospital and the 17-year-old female driver of the Taurus sustained minor injuries. It is unclear what caused the victim to lose control of his vehicle.
According to the Department of Transportation’s 2009 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), 34 people were killed in Monmouth County car accidents. During that same year, 583 people were killed in New Jersey car crashes. Whenever someone is killed in a New Jersey car crash, the victim’s family would be well-advised to seek the guidance of a skilled wrongful death attorney.
Driver error does play a factor in many head-on collisions, but it is not the only possible cause of a crash. In some cases, a defective auto or a dangerous roadway may contribute to the accident. Additionally, there are many cases where other vehicles may be involved. The family of someone killed in a head-on collision has it in their best interest to retain the services of an experienced car accident attorney who will work with investigators to determine the true cause of the accident.
The NJ personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help their clients assess liability for a crash. In cases where negligence or wrongdoing is involved, families of deceased victims may seek compensation for funeral expenses, lost wages and other damages. If you have lost a loved in a car accident, please contact us at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.