A woman was killed in a recent New Jersey car accident after a dump truck overturned and crushed her SUV. According to a news report in The Courier Post, the fatal truck accident occurred on Haddonfield-Berlin Road near Morris Drive in Cherry Hill. Officials say a vehicle making a left turn forced the dump truck driver to swerve out of the way, causing the sand in the dump truck to shift and making it tip over onto the SUV. The woman inside the SUV was fatally injured in the crash. Neither the dump truck driver nor the driver of the turning car was injured. It is unclear if either of them will be cited for the fatal truck collision.
Under New Jersey law, motorists making a left turn are legally required to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic. When an accident is caused by a driver making a dangerous left turn, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Was the driver distracted or under the influence of alcohol? Why was the oncoming vehicle unable to avoid the collision?
Motorists determined to have been negligent at the time of the accident can be held liable for the resulting damages. When someone is killed in a crash, the at-fault driver can be held liable for the victim’s wrongful death. In such cases, compensation may be available to surviving family members for medical bills, lost future wages, funeral expenses, and other related damages.
A skilled fatal auto accident attorney in NJ at Lependorf & Silverstein can help protect the rights of injured victims and their families in New Jersey. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to schedule your free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.