Regina Kriklivy, a 14-year-old Staten Island girl, was killed after she was ejected from her family’s minivan on the Interstate 80 in New Jersey’s Roxbury Township. According to this news report in the Staten Island Advance, the minivan collided with a school van carrying 14 children from New Jersey and started a chain reaction crash that also involved a big rig. Regina’s father Oleg, mother Larisa and brother, Arthur, suffered non-life threatening injuries. The children in the school van also did not suffer major injuries. The truck driver escaped with minor injuries. Police don’t believe weather was a factor in the New Jersey car accident although there were heavy thunderstorms in the area at the time.
Although it is not clear what caused this particular New Jersey auto accident, we know from experience that most auto accidents are caused because of someone’s negligence, inattention or error. If you have been involved in an auto accident in New Jersey caused by another driver’s negligence, you may be able to file a claim against them for property damage, personal damage that includes medical expenses, pain and suffering and future loss of earning. In certain cases, victims can also seek punitive damages.
All plaintiffs must support their New Jersey personal injury claims by showing that:
• The driver was negligent and failed to use due care or violated the law (rules of the road).
• The driver’s negligence caused the accident and
• You suffered damages as direct result of the accident
In any such claim, you must never proceed without talking to an experienced New Jersey auto accident attorney, who has extensive knowledge of personal injury law, can work his or her way through the court system, negotiate successfully with insurance companies and make sure you receive fair compensation for all the accident-related damages you suffered. Please call Lependorf & Silverstein today to discuss your New Jersey personal injury claim.