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On July 13, 2022, a fatal chain-reaction crash occurred on Route I-95 in Teaneck, NJ. Two women from the Bronx, NY lost their lives when a truck pulling a utility trailer rear-ended their vehicle just after midnight near the DeGraw Ave. overpass. A third vehicle then collided with the truck, and all three vehicles hit the concrete median.

When first responders arrived, they found the two women entrapped in the back seat of a Subaru. The Teaneck Volunteer Ambulance Corps, as well as officers from the Teaneck Police Department, worked to extricate the women. The front seat passenger of the Subaru was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, NJ with serious injuries. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of these two women who were tragically taken too soon.

Our Process For Investigating Complex Motor Vehicle Accidents

Unfortunately, this is not the first fatal accident that has occurred along I-95 in Teaneck. In June 2020, a young woman was killed in a hit and run after being struck by a tractor-trailer. In 2019, a truck driver was killed after a tractor-trailer slammed into his box truck. Several years prior, another tractor-trailer caused the untimely death of multiple people. Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. Founding Partner Marc C. Saperstein, Esq. and his team of experienced attorneys represented one of the families who lost several members in the tragic accident. Marc and his team have handled some of the most complicated trucking matters and have years of experience investigating these complex accidents. “We immediately hire an accident reconstructionist, and we hire an investigator, and I personally go to the scene where the accident took place,” Marc says. Going to the scene of the accident is important because,
“by viewing the scene, you can actually see in nonconceptual terms what the area looks like, if there is a debris field, if there are security cameras in the area. Our investigators will scour the area for any witnesses, talk to the investigating police officers,” says Marc. After a lengthy and thorough investigation, Marc and his team determined that the truck driver was inattentive, and a load shift was the ultimate cause of the accident. With the information they obtained in the investigation, they were able to hold all entities accountable for the devastating deaths.

Where Do Many Vehicle Accidents And Fatalities Occur in Teaneck, NJ?

There are many highways that run through Teaneck, NJ, and its surrounding towns in Bergen County. I-95, Route 80, and Route 4 are essential trucking routes, and unfortunately, many vehicle accidents and fatalities occur. Along with passenger vehicles, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers transporting cargo, garbage trucks and large construction vehicles travel daily on these highways, and when an accident occurs involving the two, it can be catastrophic.

According to statistics, traffic deaths in New Jersey increased in 2021 and reached a 16-year high nationally. Data projects that highway traffic deaths in 2021 will increase by 12% over 2020. There are many leading factors that cause road fatalities, including distraction, speeding, and impairment due to alcohol, drugs, illness, and exhaustion.

What Can Be Included As Part Of A Wrongful Death Claim?

Though nothing can ever replace the memory of a loved one, some individuals find a sense of peace and justice in filing a wrongful death claim against the negligent parties responsible for their unimaginable pain. There are several parts of the claim that deal with the individual’s loss, including pain and suffering that they endured up until the moment of death. Whether the person suffered for seconds, hours, or months, it is included in part of the claim. The second part of a wrongful death claim deals with the amount of money that was lost by the surviving family members. For example, if the person who died was supporting a family, they have a claim as part of their economic losses.

The Teaneck personal injury attorneys at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon, P.C. have decades of experience handling devastating trucking and automobile accidents. Those involving large commercial trucks and trailers are much more challenging to resolve than other types of automobile crashes. Our attorneys understand the investigation process that usually follows a crash of this magnitude. When handling a wrongful death claim, we learn about the person’s qualities and interests by interviewing their family and friends so we can understand and prove the crushing loss suffered to the family.

Contact the Truck Accident Lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon To Represent You

We understand just how complicated and overwhelming a wrongful death claim is, and our truck accident lawyers, many of whom are Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as Civil Trial Attorneys, will persistently seek justice on behalf of our clients and their families. Call us now at 201-444-4444.

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Since 1981, the compassionate personal injury lawyers at Davis, Saperstein & Salomon have been delivering results for our deserving clients. We are solely committed to helping injured individuals, never representing corporations. No matter how large or small your personal injury case is, you can trust that it is important to us.