A 55-year-old man was killed in a car accident recently after his vehicle slammed into a pole. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal crash occurred on Deliah Road near Kingsley Drive in Egg Harbor Township after the man lost control of his 1991 Buick LaSabre, causing the vehicle to leave the roadway and striking a pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of this fatal crash.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released a report investigating the many causes of single-vehicle run-off road (ROR) crashes. Driver error was a strong commonality in many of the crashes investigated. Drivers who were drunk or speeding were found to have a much greater chance of driving off the roadway. Driver behavior was not, however, the only contributing factor in many of the accidents studied.
The report stated that run-off road crashes are more likely to occur in adverse weather conditions and during nighttime. A single-vehicle fatal crash involved a vehicle going off the roadway 90.2 percent of the time when the car was at a curve and only 62.1 percent of the time on a straight roadway. This means that the design of the roadway can contribute to a crash as well. Any time a crash occurs on a curve it must be determined if the roadway was designed poorly and if it was inherently dangerous.
There are many potential causes of a single-vehicle car crash in New Jersey and the driver is not always at fault. The family of someone killed in such an accident would be well-advised to preserve the vehicle in tact so it can be carefully examined by an expert for product defects, malfunctions, and other evidence in order to determine liability.
The experienced New Jersey car accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully handled numerous car accident cases on behalf of injured clients and families of deceased car accident victims. If you have been injured in a car accident, or, if you have lost a loved one in a crash, please contact our law offices at 609-240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.