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Children Killed in Lawrence Township Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on August 8, 2013

A boy, an infant, and their 25-year-old mother were killed in a New Jersey car accident involving a collision between an SUV and a tractor-trailer. According to a CBS New York news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Brunswick Pike at Darrah Lane in Lawrence Township. The New York Daily News reports that the 45-year-old male driver of the truck was making an illegal U-turn when he plowed into the Pennsylvania family’s SUV. The SUV wound up crushed beneath the tractor-trailer’s bed.

The SUV carried five people at the time of the crash. The 25-year-old mother, her nine-year-old son, and her infant son were killed. The infant’s father and the woman’s eight-year-old daughter survived the crash and have been listed in stable condition. The truck driver from Brooklyn was charged with three counts of death by auto.

Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-125, it is illegal to make a U-turn on a “curve, grade, or place where view obstructed or State highway marked with ‘no U turn’ sign.” Drivers making U-turns must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic or risk causing a “T-bone” collision. Side-impact crashes are especially dangerous when the turning vehicle is a large truck. In such instances, an underride crash may occur. This is when the roof of a smaller vehicle is crushed as the bottom half of the car goes underneath the truck’s trailer.

If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will protect your rights. It may be possible to hold the at-fault driver and the trucking company financially liable for your tragic losses. Dealing with the trucking company, their lawyers, and their insurance provider can be challenging, stressful, and frustrating. You need a skilled injury lawyer who has had a history of handling cases similar to yours and can guide you through the legal proceedings.

The knowledgeable New Jersey car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long and successful track record representing victims of tractor-trailer crashes. If you have been injured, or, if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation.

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