A 66-year-old Wayne man was killed in a New Jersey car accident that involved an overturned box truck bursting into flames. According to a news report in The Record, the fatal truck accident occurred on eastbound Route 80 near exit 66 in Hackensack. Officials say the box truck and a Honda Accord changed lanes at the same time. The Accord struck the truck from behind, forcing it to overturn and erupt in flames. The driver of the truck was killed in the crash. The driver of the Accord suffered facial injuries and two of his passengers escaped unharmed. It is unclear if the driver of the Honda will be cited for the crash.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-88b, “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from that lane until the driver has ascertained that the movement can be made with safety.” Drivers who cause an accident by making an unsafe lane change can be held civilly liable for their actions, even if they are not cited for the crash.
The family of a New Jersey fatal truck accident victim should discuss their case with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can help determine liability for the accident. In cases involving negligence, financial compensation may be available through a wrongful death claim for the medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future income, and other damages.
The experienced wrongful death attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein help families of fatally injured victims get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to schedule your free, comprehensive, and confidential consultation.