A 40-year-old Brick man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 1988 Toyota 4Runner became stalled in traffic. According to The Star-Ledger, the fatal car crash occurred along eastbound Route 70 in Brick. Officials say his vehicle stalled in the middle lane and the man was attempting to push his disabled vehicle over to the shoulder when an Oldsmobile struck it. The victim survived that collision but was fatally injured when a 2009 Toyota Yaris struck his vehicle and pinned him between the Oldsmobile and the Toyota. No charges have been filed against the 23-year-old male driver of the Oldsmobile or the 23-year-old female driver of the Toyota.
There are a number of questions that must be asked when a disabled vehicle is struck on the roadway. What caused the vehicle to stop in the first place? Did a defective auto part or a mechanical malfunction contribute to the crash? Did the driver put the hazard lights on immediately? Was the driver able to get the vehicle over to the shoulder? Why was the other vehicle unable to avoid the collision? Was there limited visibility or was the motorist distracted, speeding, tailgating, or otherwise negligent?
The family of an individual who has died in a disabled vehicle accident should preserve the vehicle for inspection and to contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer who will stay abreast of the official investigation and ensure that their legal rights are protected. If it is determined that a defective auto part or a negligent driver contributed to the accident, then financial compensation may be available for the family’s terrible losses.
The skilled NJ wrongful death lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of getting New Jersey families fair compensation following a fatal accident. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car crash, please call our offices today at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.