N.J. Law Journal reports:
A statutory ban on auto-injury suits by uninsured drivers applies with equal force to an uninsured owner injured as a passenger in her own car, the state Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday.
The Court, in Perrelli v. Pastorelle, A-22, reversed a trial judge’s decision denying summary judgment to two defendants sued by a car owner whose insurance had lapsed. Plaintiff Denise Perrelli claimed the restriction did not apply to her because she was not operating her vehicle at the time of the crash. But the Court said such a literal reading of the statute would bring “a manifestly absurd result.”