On a recent Thursday evening, at 10.18 p.m., a New Jersey man was killed while his wife was seriously injured. The deceased was a man well known for his charity work in Tennessee, as he had started the yearly Battle Against Hunger bike event. The car, in which the deceased with his spouse was traveling, was rear-ended by a truck. Due to the size difference, truck accidents can often leave the people in smaller vehicles dead or seriously injured.
According to reports, the victims’ car was at an intersection when the truck plowed into their vehicle, pushing them into another car. The driver of the third car was injured and treated at a nearby hospital. He was released from the hospital and little is known about the severity of his injuries.
The male truck operator was arrested and is held on $300,000 bail. It appears that he was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Apart from the DUI charge, he will also be charged with aggravated assault, death by auto, failing to observe a red light and driving recklessly. The matter remains under investigation. Fortunately, there were a number of people who witnessed the accident.
In New Jersey, seriously injured victims of truck accidents may elect to file a personal injury claim. The legal estate of a deceased victim of a truck accident may elect to file a wrongful death claim. Despite the outcomes of the criminal case, monetary damages awarded from a successful civil claim could help the victim better cope with medical bills, rehabilitation costs and any lost wages due to missing time from work. Furthermore, a wrongful death claim may assist the family of the deceased to better cope with the unexpected expenses, such as funeral and burial costs.
Source: nj.com, Pa. truck driver is charged with death by auto, DWI in Route 1 crash that killed South Brunswick man, Matt Dowling, March 21, 2014
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