Tow Truck Driver Seth Newton Died In Readington Car Accident On Route 22
HUNTERDON COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (March 13, 2022) – A tow truck driver identified as Seth Newton has tragically died in a car accident on Route 22 in Readington.
Hunterdon County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Seth Newton was working to remove a disabled vehicle when he was struck by a Westbound SUV that veered onto the median.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Despite life-saving measures, Seth Newton died due to the severity of his injuries.
A full investigation into what may have contributed to the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Hunterdon County Car Accidents
Driving a tow truck can actually be extremely dangerous. According to one report by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, accidents are the leading cause of injury and death for tow truck drivers. There are approximately 43 deaths per 100,000 tow truck drivers. For all other industries that number is around 3. There are a number of reasons that driving a tow truck can be especially dangerous.
- Tow truck drivers are forced to get out of their vehicles for their work.
- Tow truck drivers are on the road at all times of the day, even when it’s dark and other drivers can’t see them.
- Many tow truck drivers are hit by drunk drivers or people who aren’t paying attention to the road.
All drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. If a tow truck driver was working at the time of a collision, they may be entitled to benefits through the worker’s compensation system. Worker’s compensation in New Jersey is a no-fault insurance program. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any pedestrian collision.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a tow truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Readington Car Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Seth Newton. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Reading? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to helping accident victims get the information and resources that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.