Kenilworth, NJ – Thomas F. Gilbert Jr. Dead, Eight Injured in Collision on Garden State PkyNY/NJ Legal News
Kenilworth, NJ (June 08, 2022) – A man died and eight others were injured on Tuesday, June 7th during a collision between a pick-up truck and van on the Garden State Parkway in Union County.
The accident took place at about 4:00 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the parkway near mile marker 140.3 in Kenilworth.
Police reported that the driver of the pick-up truck crossed over all lanes of travel which resulted in it being struck by an oncoming van. The impact then forced the van into a concrete traffic barrier.
The driver of the pick-up, who has since been identified as 69-year-old Thomas F. Gilbert Jr., a resident of South Plainfield, died of his injuries.
The driver of the van and seven passengers all sustained varying degrees of injury, none of which are thought to be life-threatening.
This collision remains under investigation.
We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Thomas F. Gilbert, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.
Liability for Head-On Collisions in New Jersey
In New Jersey, injured victims can pursue compensatory, general, and punitive damages. A claimant seeking compensatory damages is involved in just about every single head-on collision case that goes to court. Winning your case means that you will be awarded economic recovery for any injuries and property damage that you have endured.
Your basic compensatory damages could cover multiple damages, including:
- Medical expenses
- Vehicle replacement or repair
- Pain and suffering
- Lost income
If a head-on accident was the result of another driver’s reckless behavior, then victims may be eligible to bring a suit against them. In New Jersey, as in most other states, liability is determined via a system of modified comparative fault. This means victims are only expected to prove that the other driver was at least 51% responsible for the crash. Once this is proven, they are allowed to seek compensation for any losses resulting from the event.
If they should be found to share a liability that is equal to or greater than the other driver for their head-on crash, they will not be eligible to receive any financial compensation whatsoever. In actuality, they may end up owing compensation to the other driver because, after fault is determined, the other driver will likely file their own suit against them. Only the court has the power to assign a percentage of fault to the drivers involved in an accident.
Our team works diligently to help victims hold those at fault accountable and collect the maximum amount of compensation for medical treatment, lost wages, and various other damages resulting from their accidents. If you were injured in a collision, through no fault of your own, contact our car accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see how we can help you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.