A 78-year-old woman was killed in a car accident after a New Jersey man driving an SUV struck her. According to an Associated Press news report, the fatal pedestrian accident occurred on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. The Paterson man was backing his SUV into a parking space when he struck two women. The 78-year-old victim sustained fatal injuries and a 41-year-old woman has been listed in stable condition. The driver has been charged with unsafe backing, failure to exercise due care and driving with a suspended license.
New Jersey motorists must be careful when and where they back up their vehicles. New Jersey 39:4-127 states: “No vehicle shall back or make a turn in a street, if by so doing it interferes with other vehicles, but shall go around a block or to a street sufficiently wide to turn in without backing.” New Jersey Statute 39:4-36 requires all motorists to exercise due care while driving near or around pedestrians. Drivers who fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in New Jersey may not only receive citations or face criminal charges, but also be held financially responsible for the injuries, damages and losses caused by the accident.
The family of a deceased car accident victim in New Jersey can file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault motorist. Civil lawsuits are sometimes the only way to get fair compensation for the losses suffered in a fatal New Jersey car accident.
The experienced Princeton fatal car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein know how to hold at-fault motorists liable for the damages they cause. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident, please contact us at 609-240-0040 to get the help and guidance you need.