Last fall, we blogged about how hazardous objects in the road cause approximately 25,000 vehicle accidents each year.
Unfortunately, some of these accidents involve broken, loose or defective auto parts that may fall into the roadway. Additionally, they can involve items left in the roadway from cleanup or construction crews including safety cones, barricades or equipment.
In many accidents, drivers are unable to avoid objects and are forced to react quickly to oncoming debris. Remember, construction companies and drivers have a duty to make sure objects are secure, so that these accidents do not occur. In addition, manufactures have a duty to produce auto parts that are not defective and likely to cause accidents.
NJ Man Killed, Wife Injured By Flying Tire
In a sad case, a New Jersey man was killed in Denville and his wife was injured after a flying tire slammed into their car, sparking a multi-vehicle accident.
According to WABC-TV, the incident occurred on Interstate 80, on March 24. A truck was traveling eastbound on the interstate when its tire detached, crossing a concrete barrier, before flying into oncoming traffic. The tire eventually crashed into an Audi driven by an Englewood Cliffs man, causing the vehicle to crash into two other vehicles.
The Audi driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, while his wife was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The crash remains under investigation. The victim’s son spoke out after the incident, saying that vehicles need to be inspected better in New Jersey to prevent these types of accidents from occurring.
Seeking an Attorney after a Car Accident
As this case shows, tragedy can strike when people do not properly maintain their vehicles and/or auto parts fail. If you are ever injured in a vehicle accident or your loved one has been killed, it may be wise to speak to an attorney. An independent investigation can determine why an accident occurred and if you may have a wrongful death or injury claim.
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