New Jersey Driver Killed after Runaway Wheel Crashes through Windshield

A 47-year-old man was killed in a car accident recently that involved a runaway tire. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal crash occurred on the Garden State Parkway near Exit 138 in Kenilworth, NJ. The man was driving his white Hyundai Sonata with his 25-year-old daughter when a rear wheel of another vehicle bounced over the median and crashed through his windshield. The man was killed in the accident while his daughter was uninjured.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-56.8, the public entity responsible for the upkeep, design, and maintenance of a roadway may be held responsible for a crash that involves debris they failed to remove. Whenever someone is killed because of debris on the roadway, it will become necessary to determine if the government body in charge of the road was responsible for the debris or if a motorist let the debris fall from their vehicle. If it is found an accident was caused by a negligent driver, they may be able to be held responsible for the accident and related damages.

The family of someone killed in a car accident in New Jersey may pursue financial compensation for their tragic loss by filing a wrongful death claim. Damages that are usually covered by a wrongful death claim include funeral bills, lost future income and benefits, loss of love and companionship, and more. If an accident was a hit-and-run and the driver is not found, the uninsured motorist provision in the victim’s car insurance policy may also cover damages.

The reputed Princeton fatal car crash lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to anyone that has lost a loved one in a car accident in New Jersey. Please contact our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation to learn how we can help you receive compensation for your loss to help you during this difficult time.