Summit, NJ – David M. Baum Killed in Five-Vehicle Collision on Rt 24

Summit, NJ – David M. Baum Killed in Five-Vehicle Collision on Rt 24

Summit, NJ (May 25, 2022) – A man died during a five-vehicle pile-up on Route 24 in Summit on Thursday, May 19th. 

According to a state trooper, 57-year-old David M. Baum, a resident of the Short Hills area of Millburn, was killed in the multi-vehicle collision at about 2:00 p.m.  

According to sources, a Volvo tractor-trailer was traveling in the righthand lane of Route 24 when it slammed into the rear-end of Baum’s Tesla, inciting a chain reaction that involved three additional vehicles: a Dodge Ram, a Toyota Venza, and a Hyundai.  

Officials working the scene said that the drivers of the Dodge, Volvo, and Toyota sustained moderate injuries during the impact. The driver of the Hyundai endured injuries described by responders as catastrophic. 

New Jersey State Police requested a Medevac helicopter which was used to transfer one of the injured patients to the trauma center at University Hospital in Newark.

Baum, who was born in Columbus, OH., was a former investment banker turned golf aficionado, entrepreneur, and Grateful Dead enthusiast.

Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and Summit Police Department assisted the Summit Fire Department on the scene.

Millburn, Springfield EMS, and Atlantic Health all responded to the area, as did the Springfield and Millburn fire departments.

This accident remains under police investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. David M. Baum, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Establishing Negligence in a New Jersey Wrongful Death

Summit, NJ - David M. Baum Killed in Five-Vehicle Collision on Rt 24

To demonstrate fault in a wrongful death claim, the plaintiff will have to show that four elements were present in the events leading up to the death:

  • A duty of care existed: In legal nomenclature if a person owed the deceased a basic level of consideration to guarantee their safety and keep them from harm, it means they owed a duty of care. For instance, drivers owe one other a duty to adhere to all driving laws and behave with reasonable care, such as not driving while they are under the influence of alcohol. 
  • Pharmacists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare providers have an obligation to treat their patients in the same manner and with the same care that a reasonable provider would be expected to show under similar circumstances.  
  • That duty was violated: Showing that duty was violated involves proving that the defendant disregarded the duty they owed the victim. Taking into consideration the events preceding the death and the knowledge the defendant had at the time, it will have to be established that they should have known that someone could have been hurt or killed due to their action or inaction.  
  • Causation existed: Showing causation is proving that the defendant’s violation of their duty was the direct cause of the death.
  • Damages Resulted: The plaintiff must show that loss, injuries, or some other form of damage that should have been foreseen resulted from the violation and should be financially compensated for.

The wrongful death attorneys at Metro Law can be contacted at any time to help grieving family members by ensuring they are kept up-to-date on the progress of their claim and addressing any concerns or questions they have about the legal procedures that follow the untimely loss of a loved one. 

If your family member lost their life in an accident caused by negligence, contact our personal injury attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to find out what legal action is right for 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.