Man dies in New Jersey wreck caused by flying tire

The son of the man who died on Interstate 80 in Denville said that his mother is grief stricken by the death of her husband. The 77-year-old man died suddenly when a tire came off a Dodge Ram, flew over a concrete barrier on the interstate and hit the Audi he was driving, according New Jersey State Police.

His 66-year-old wife was in the car with him when the accident occurred. According to the police report, the driver lost control of his Audi, and his car struck a Ford F-350 and a Mercedes, finally smashing into a guardrail on the side of the road.

Rescue workers declared the man dead at the accident scene. His wife went to Morristown Medical Center. She was discharged after treatment for bruises. The people in the other vehicles were not injured, and authorities continue to investigate the accident.

When a crash is caused by a driver's apparent failure to make sure their vehicle is road worthy, they may be named as a defendant in a personal injury lawsuit. When someone dies in a car crash, the surviving family might choose to bring an action against the responsible party. Citing driver negligence as evidence of liability, the plaintiffs in such an action might be able to demonstrate that they should receive compensation from the at-fault party. For example, family members on an individual killed in a crash might be able to recover damages for lost income and burial expenses. An attorney could assess the accident evidence for a survivor and possibly determine if it would support a lawsuit.

Source: WABC, "New Jersey man killed, wife hurt when tire detaches from car on I-80," March 27, 2015

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