Firm Logo
201-231-7847

New Jersey woman killed by own vehicle in car accident

November 08, 2012

Most of us have had our car break down on a roadway or needed roadside assistance at some point in our lives. For many New Jersey drivers, when a motor vehicle breaks down, it requires the assistance of a tow truck to help move the vehicle and potentially take the vehicle to a mechanic. When the tow truck arrives, it may seem like the end of the accident situation — but was not the case for a fatal car accident that occurred after a tow truck arrived to provide assistance to one woman.

The actual car accident happened near New Jersey in March 2011. A woman was driving on a snowy night when she required the assistance of a tow truck. The tow truck arrived and began to assist the woman, who was standing outside of her vehicle. While the tow truck driver was backing up and attached to the woman’s vehicle, the tow truck driver hit the woman with her vehicle. The collision happened when the woman was hit by an open door on her vehicle. When the woman was hit by the door, the force threw her to the ground. The woman died as a result of the injuries sustained in the accident.

As with many car accidents, there is a potential for civil liability, criminal culpability or both. In this case, the investigation of the car accident proved the tow truck driver was drunk when he arrived to assist the woman. The tow truck driver was criminally charged with homicide by motor vehicle and has recently sentenced to 4 to 8 years in prison. The tow truck driver may also face civil liability for the woman’s death. The family of the woman could file a wrongful death lawsuit against the tow truck driver.

Source: New Jersey Herald, “Pa. tow truck driver gets prison in fatal accident,” Nov. 2, 2012

“Smart, creative and

aggressive lawyers who put

their client’s interests first" —

"The Epstein Law Firm recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in an extremely complex and difficult financial services case. He and his team not only mastered the complex issues in the case, but also expertly handled all aspects of the negotiations. I cannot thank Michael enough for his dedication and hard work, and I highly recommend him and The Epstein Law Firm for those who need smart, creative, and aggressive lawyers who put their clients’ interests first.”

"The Epstein Law Firm recently obtained a multi-million dollar settlement in an extremely complex and difficult financial services case. He and his team not only mastered the complex issues in the case, but also expertly handled all aspects of the negotiations. I cannot thank Michael enough for his dedication and hard work, and I highly recommend him and The Epstein Law Firm for those who need smart, creative, and aggressive lawyers who put their clients’ interests first.”

More Five Star Reviews
TNTL Top 100
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Super Lawyers
Ten Leaders
NJ Supreme Court Certified Attorney
ABOTA
NADC Nations Top One Percent
TNTL Top 100
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Super Lawyers
Ten Leaders
NJ Supreme Court Certified Attorney
ABOTA
NADC Nations Top One Percent
TNTL Top 100
Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Super Lawyers
Ten Leaders
NJ Supreme Court Certified Attorney
ABOTA
NADC Nations Top One Percent
© 2022 The Epstein Law Firm. All Rights Reserved.Disclaimer.Site Map.