Julius Filep of Edison Died In East Brunswick Car Accident With Police Vehicle Along Route 18
EAST BRUNSWICK, NEW JERSEY (August 18, 2021) – A 55-year-old man from Edison identified as Julius Filep has tragically died after he was hit by an on-duty East Brunswick police officer.
New Jersey police officials are saying that the collision took place around 3:35 a.m. on August 1st. An East Brunswick police officer was responding to a motor vehicle collision on Route 18 when he struck Julius Filep.
The force of the impact knocked the victim to the ground leaving him with serious injuries. Paramedics were called in order to help Julius Filep. He was transported via ambulance to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick with critical injuries.
Despite the life-saving measures of medical staff Julius Filep died due to the severity of his injuries. It remains unclear if the officer involved had his lights and sirens on at the time of the collision.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In East Brunswick Police Car Accidents
It has been estimated that over 30,000 people are killed every year in car accidents. Many of these collisions involve authorized emergency vehicles such as police cars, ambulances and fire trucks. Authorized emergency vehicles can be hazardous to pedestrians for a number of reasons. Their drivers are allowed to speed, run red lights and break traffic laws in ways that would be illegal for most other people. But these general rules are not without limits.
Police department officials responding to an emergency must use their lights and sirens to warn others of their presence. If a police officer is responding to an emergency with their lights and sirens on, the department that they work for will typically have immunity from civil lawsuits. It is the responsibility of drivers in passenger vehicles and pedestrians to avoid authorized emergency vehicles with their lights and sirens turned on. Still, police officers are not allowed to act with a wanton disregard for the safety of others on the roadway. There are a number of factors that should be considered after an accident involving a police car.
- Were the officer’s lights and sirens on when the crash took place?
- What time of day did the car accident take place?
- What was the police officer’s driving record before the crash?
- How fast was the police officer traveling before the crash?
If a police officer failed to turn their lights and sirens on prior to a crash they and the department that they work for could be held liable. Lights and sirens are crucial tools that officers must use to warn the public about their presence. A pedestrian is no match for a speeding police car that comes out of nowhere and is often running lights or stop signs in the process. When an officer fails to turn on their lights or sirens they are expected to follow traffic safety laws just as everyone else does. They must scan the road ahead of them and take measures to avoid collisions even if a pedestrian is in the middle of the roadway.
The family of any victim that died in a car accident with a police vehicle may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. Determining liability in any accident with a police vehicle can be very difficult. Facts and evidence are crucial to making a successful claim. It’s always a good idea to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney after an accident. An attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and get to the bottom of what caused an accident.
Investigating An East Brunswick Police Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek extend our deepest condolences to the family of Julius Filep. Far too many people have died this year in East Brunswick. It is our sincere hope that anyone with information about the collision will come forward and speak with investigators. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. There are also many questions that need to be answered. Did this officer have their lights and sirens on? What were the circumstances surrounding the crash? The East Brunswick Police Department needs to show some transparency about what took place.