NORTH BERGEN, N.J. – A passenger of a car that collided with a tractor-trailer last week has died from his injuries, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office said in a news release this week. The driver of the car remains in critical condition at Hackensack University Medical Center.
William David, 36, of North Bergen passed away Sunday morning. The 15th traffic fatality in Hudson County this year, William David was a passenger in a 2013 Infiniti G37 when the vehicle collided with a truck on West Side Avenue Thursday night. According to investigators, the tractor-trailer pulled out of a driveway on West Side Avenue, causing the collision.
Daniel Rodriguez, 18, of North Bergen was the driver of the Infiniti that collided with the truck. He remains at the hospital in critical condition.
The crash is still ‘under investigation,’ and the prosecutor’s office is asking the public for witnesses to come forward with any information they may have on the crash that sent both Daniel Rodriguez and William David to area hospitals.
In 2017, Hudson County recorded 26 deaths due to car accidents.
A New Jersey truck accident lawyer says drivers of tractor-trailers are often well-trained, but they have to be very alert when entering roadways. There are also many more factors that need to be investigated where the collision involves large trucks.
Truck crashes are often traced back to driver error, but there could be several factors that contributed to the crash. An extensive investigation can analyze a truck driver’s record and the number of hours he’s spent working; both outside the truck and while behind the wheel.
Although driving records can be important in any investigation, an experienced attorney can find other pieces of evidence that could help a victim’s family maximize their compensation when filing a claim. A thorough legal investigation will look at other factors, including:
- Truck maintenance records
- Overall road safety
- Surveillance video
- Traffic signals
- Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area
- Road striping
- And More
William David is the 15th traffic fatality in Hudson County this year, and almost all of these accidents were preventable. In many cases, victims and their families choose to file lawsuits to get compensation for their injury or loss of a loved one. This compensation can include several items, such as:
- Expenses from hospitalization
- Medical treatments
- Loss of financial support from the victim
- Pain and suffering
A successful claim can also help create meaningful changes in our communities that aim to improve the safety for others in North Bergen and Hudson County so that accidents like the one on West Side Avenue that killed William David and severely injured Daniel Rodriguez can be avoided in the future.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in any type of truck accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney to help you through the legal process.
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