Off-Duty Police Officer Killed in Cross-over Collision on Route 78

Cross-over accidents are often the most deadly and tragic type of motor vehicle accident because of the forces involved and their sudden, unexpected nature. On Tuesday morning, an off-duty Summit police officer, Matthew Tarentino, was on his way to work when the tragedy occurred. According to a report by CBS New York, a vehicle heading westbound on Interstate 78 crossed over the grass median and struck the vehicle driven by Officer Tarentino. The driver of the vehicle which crossed over the median died later in the day. Officer Tarentino was 29-years old at the time of this terrible accident. He left behind his wife, two children and another on the way as his wife is pregnant with their third child. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

Cross-over accidents, such as this one, usually will result in a head-on collision. Head on collisions can have devastating, life-altering consequences for all individuals involved. These types of car accidents can result in debilitating injuries and are fatal as can be seen above. In addition to suffering serious injuries, victims of head on collisions may be forced to face financial hardships. A head on collision can cause individuals to miss significant time at work, face high medical bills, and result in lasting physical and emotional pain.

The steps toward being properly compensated following a head on collision can be complicated. Hiring a lawyer can help simplify the process. A skilled attorney can file complicated paperwork necessary for a lawsuit, work with the insurance companies, and help ensure that victims are not taken advantage of.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury or died in a head on collision, you may have legal recourse. To see if you have grounds to file a lawsuit, call (212) 406-1700 or contact us online. Queller, Fisher, Washor, Fuchs & Kool will review your claim to see how we may be able to assist you. All consultations are free and require no obligation.