Two New Jersey men were killed when their Avis rental truck crossed a median and hit a flatbed truck. The 41-year-old passenger died at the scene of the accident and the 29-year-old driver was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident took place 25 miles south of Albany on the New York State Thruway. The exact cause of the accident has yet to be determined.
In any New Jersey auto accident involving a rental vehicle, it is important to investigate whether the accident was caused as a result of a mechanical malfunction. Inquiries should be made as to: whether the rental company maintained its vehicles properly; or, if the accident was caused by a vehicle defect. If an accident was caused or contributed to by poor vehicle maintenance on the part of the rental company, then they could be held liable for the accident and any resulting injuries. If the accident occurred as a result of an auto product defect, the automobile manufacturers and/or distributors can be held liable.
Victims of accidents involving rental vehicles can seek compensation for their physical injuries, unpaid medical expenses, lost wages and disability. Families of deceased victims can file wrongful death claims seeking compensation from the responsible parties. If you have been injured in a New Jersey auto accident, or, if you have lost a loved one in a car accident, contact the experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyers at Blume Forte. Contact us at 973-635-5400 for a comprehensive, no-cost evaluation of your potential claim.