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Deadly Auto Accident in Hamilton Township

By Lependorf & Silverstein on November 10, 2022

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Hamilton Township (Mercer County), NJ (October 31st, 2022) – On the night of October 30th, at about 10:15 p.m., a deadly single-vehicle accident happened on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road near Godfrey Drive.

The fatal accident involved a 2014 Buick Enclave, which was driven by 55-year-old Linda McBride, a resident of Hamilton.

McBride was heading southbound near Godfrey Dr. when her vehicle crossed over the northbound lane and careened off the road. The vehicle then collided with a 2016 Ford Van, which was parked in a driveway on Whitehorse Mercerville Rd. The Buick ultimately came to a stop against a retaining wall on the driveway.

Fire rescue crews from the Hamilton Fire Division responded to the accident scene to provide medical attention. Linda McBride was pronounced dead at the scene.

The fatal collision is currently under police investigation. Officers J. Galant and C. Clugsten from the Hamilton Police Division’s Traffic Unit are heading the investigation.

Police are encouraging anyone who may have information about this collision to contact the Hamilton Police Traffic Unit.

While a vast majority of traffic accidents involve two or more vehicles, this is not always the case. There are many accidents that happen across the State of New Jersey that involve a single vehicle. Unfortunately, single-vehicle accidents can also be just as dangerous and deadly as other types of car accidents.

Single-vehicle accidents happen for a variety of different reasons, but they usually happen when the driver of the car loses control of his or her vehicle for one reason or another. Although many people think that driver error is the main cause of this type of accident, the truth is that most single-vehicle accidents cannot be avoided. Many situations could arise that do not allow the driver to avoid a collision. For this reason, drivers should understand that they still have an opportunity for legal recourse after being involved in a single-vehicle accident. Even when there weren’t other vehicles and drivers involved in the accident, the opportunity to sue for monetary compensation exists.

As previously mentioned, there are a plethora of reasons behind single-vehicle accidents. In New Jersey, one of the main reasons behind these types of accidents is road hazards. For instance, when road maintenance crews do a poor job in repairing the roads, the consequence of their shoddy work can be catastrophic for anyone who uses the road. Any poorly constructed or designed road can lead to dangerous hazards for those using the road. The consequences of an accident caused by poor road maintenance can be detrimental to the victim’s life.

Aside from road hazards, another serious cause of single-vehicle accidents is design and manufacturing defects. For example, when the manufacturing company or vehicle distributor fails to do their job properly, this can cause a serious single-vehicle accident. Every year, hundreds of single-vehicle accidents around the nation are caused by defective vehicle parts or faulty vehicle designs. These vehicles should never be put on the market and depending on the type of accident, the manufacturing company, retailer, or vehicle designer could be held responsible for the accident.

Another very common cause of single-vehicle accidents in New Jersey is phantom drivers. When involved in an auto accident caused by another motorist that fled the scene, injured victims may be able to recover damages through their personal uninsured or underinsured insurance coverage. These types of coverages are supplemental policies offered to drivers for an additional cost. When the victim has a standard insurance policy, he or she is still able to recover damages when the other driver has fled the site of the accident or has insufficient insurance coverage. Depending on the specifics of the case, victims may also be able to obtain compensation if the other driver’s insurance company denied their policy to cover the damages.

When a person is hurt in a single-vehicle accident, the State of New Jersey will still allow the injured person to file an insurance claim even if he or she is responsible for the accident. Instead of proving fault, all auto accidents with Personal Injury Protection coverage can obtain monetary compensation for their injuries, but the coverage will cover basics, such as hospital stays, therapy, rehabilitation, surgery, pain management treatment, and other medical expenses.

Single-vehicle accident victims, however, should know that after an accident, the insurance company can contest the claim over the fear of a fraudulent claim. Even when the insurer agrees to a payout, the company is able to underpay for the claim. For this reason, it is very important to seek the legal guidance and support of a knowledgeable personal injury attorney when involved in a single-vehicle accident.

If you or someone you love was hurt in a single-vehicle accident, it is important to know that you do not have to face the case alone. With the support of an experienced personal injury attorney, you can rest assured that your best interests are being advocated for. A proficient New Jersey attorney will also work tirelessly to ensure you receive fair compensation for your damages.

Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. is a respected law firm where each lawyer has over 30 years of experience representing clients throughout the State of New Jersey, including Princeton, Hamilton, and Hopewell. After a person is injured in any type of traffic accident, including single-vehicle accidents, the dedicated attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. will work diligently to ensure the victim’s rights and interests are protected. To ensure their clients receive the highest amount of compensation available, the attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. will preserve the evidence in the case, perform a thorough car inspection, and ensure all possible responsible parties are held accountable for their negligence.

When it comes to recovering monetary damages for your single-vehicle accident, hiring the best legal team to advocate on your behalf can be incredibly beneficial. Consider hiring the support of Lependorf & Silverstein. A professional attorney from the law firm will guide you through the entire legal process, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure you receive maximum compensation. You can schedule a free case evaluation with Lependorf & Silverstein by filling out the confidential online form found here.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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