New Jersey May Create Registry for Notifying Families of Auto Accident Victims

New Jersey may create a voluntary registry that will be used to notify family members if one of their loved ones is involved in an automobile accident, according to

Under the bill, individuals with New Jersey’s driver’s licenses or New Jersey-issued ID cards would be allowed to submit the name and phone number of their preferred emergency contact to the Motor Vehicle Commission. If that person is injured or killed in a New Jersey car accident, the registry would be able to notify the family. In addition, the plan would lower the age requirement for state-issued ID cards from age 17 to 14 with parental consent.

The bill is known as Sara’s Law in honor of a 19–year-old from Sayreville who was critically injured in a car accident in 2007. The family was not immediately contacted after the accident. Instead, Sara’s parents heard about the accident when a friend of Sara’s called to ask about her condition. When parents arrived at the hospital, Sara had slipped into a coma and never regained consciousness. Sara’s mother wants this situation to never happen to another family.

This tragic story illustrates how important planning for the worst can be. If you or a loved one has been involved in a New Jersey car accident, contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein. They have extensive experience in working with accident victims and their families at a very stressful time in their lives. Contact us today for a free consultation at 609-240-0040.