A pregnant 29-year-old woman was killed in a car accident in Gloucester County recently after her vehicle was struck head-on on Pitman-Downer Road in Washington Township, according to a news report in The Gloucester County Times. The woman was driving a 2005 Ford Escape west when an eastbound 2011 Toyota Camry veered into her lane of traffic. The woman and her unborn child suffered fatal injuries. She was nine months pregnant at the time of the fatal New Jersey car accident. CBS 3 News reported that the 21-year-old male driver of the Camry admitted to looking at his GPS when he veered into oncoming traffic. It is unclear from the report if the driver will be cited or arrested for causing this tragic head-on car collision.
Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-82.1: “Whenever any highway has been divided into two roadways, every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand roadway and no vehicle shall be driven over, across or within any such dividing space.” Such New Jersey car accidents are often caused by distracted drivers who are, for example, talking on a cell phone, texting, eating or fiddling with controls in the vehicle. Distracted driving is negligent driving. When you take your eyes off the road, hands off the wheel, and mind off driving, then you are putting yourself and others in grave danger.
The family of someone killed in a car accident in New Jersey due to another’s negligence may pursue financial compensation for their loss by filing a wrongful death claim. In such cases, compensation may be available for damages including hospital bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, loss of companionship, and emotional distress.
The skilled Princeton wrongful death lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein offer their condolences to anyone that has lost a loved one in a fatal car accident in New Jersey. If you would like to discuss your legal rights and options for holding a negligent driver responsible for their actions, please contact us at 609-240-0040 to schedule your free and comprehensive consultation.