Tyson Fields Jersey City: Tyson Fields Killed In Jersey City Car Accident Involving Taxi By Kennedy Boulevard and Fairmount Avenue
JERSEY CITY, NEW JERSEY (December 10, 2019) – A 47-year-old man identified as Tyson Fields has tragically died and two people were seriously injured in a car accident involving a taxi near the intersection of Kennedy Boulevard and Fairemount Avenue.
New Jersey State Police are saying that the accident took place around 4:30 a.m. on Friday. For reasons that remain under investigation a Nissan Xterra driven by Tyson Fields and a taxi collided head-on.
Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help all of the victims. Tyson Fields was rushed to the Jersey City Medical Center but later died due to his injuries. His 35-year-old passenger and a taxi driver also sustained very serious injuries.
A number of Jersey City residents have called the intersection dangerous. In fact, Kennedy Boulevard is considered the county’s most dangerous road. There have been a total of 19 fatal accidents along the road since 2014.
Between 2014 – 2016 there were over 4,000 accidents resulting in 1,100 injuries along Kennedy Boulevard. According to one user commenting on this story, “The problem with that intersection is its design – you can’t see when you’re coming around the bend. They could put something there to make people slow the heck down or damage their car just on fairmount… too many accidents and injuries and deaths there.”
An investigation into the Jersey City car accident that killed Tyson Fields remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Jersey City Taxi Accidents
Taxis are considered “common carriers” under the law and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. According to Squaw Valley Ski Corporation v. Superior Court, “The elevated standard of care for common carriers is “based on a recognition that the privilege of serving the public as a common carrier necessarily entails great responsibility, requiring common carriers to exercise a high duty of care towards their customers.”
A number of accidents are caused by drivers that make unsafe turns. According to New Jersey Civil Code 39:4-90, “The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right of way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection. When 2 vehicles enter an intersection at the same time the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the driver of the vehicle on the right.” Liability for an accident may also extend beyond any driver.
A number of collisions are caused by roads that are in a dangerous condition. A city in New Jersey could potentially be liable for an accident if it was caused by a dangerous condition on public property. There are a number of ways that an intersection could potentially be dangerous.
- An intersection may have an obstructed line of sight.
- An intersection may have foliage covering signs.
- An intersection may have a lack of turning lanes.
- An intersection may have a high volume of traffic.
The family of any victim that died in an accident at a dangerous intersection may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover funeral expenses, medical bills, lost wages and emotional trauma. Municipal negligence claims can be extremely complicated. Most cities will fight vehemently to deny any responsibility for a car accident. A car accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Jersey City Taxi Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Tyson Fields as they are going through such a difficult time. It is our sincere hope that everyone else is able to make a full recovery. There have been so many accidents along Kennedy Boulevard. Jersey City officials need to look into what additional measures can be taken to help keep drivers safe. No family should ever have to go through something like this.