An 18-year-old Middletown man was killed in a car accident recently when the vehicle in which he was a passenger struck a tree. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the fatal crash occurred on Cooper Road near Route 35 in Middletown, NJ. The victim was riding in a 1992 Honda Accord that split in two when it veered off the highway and struck a tree. The young victim was killed and his two friends, both 18-year-old men, suffered severe injuries. Police believe that excessive speeding played a factor in the crash and they are trying to determine if the driver was under the influence of alcohol.
Drivers under the age of 21 who have alcohol in their blood may face serious criminal penalties if they are involved in a serious accident. New Jersey law only requires a blood alcohol concentration of .01 or above for an underage driver to face DWI charges. The family of someone killed by an underage drunk driver may also pursue monetary compensation for their loss.
Filing a civil lawsuit against a friend or friend of the family can be a difficult and stressful process. The family of someone killed in a New Jersey car accident would be well-advised to recognize that the at-fault parties’ insurance will have to cover the bulk of the damages suffered in the crash. When someone losses a loved one because of the actions of a negligent driver, they should not also have to bear the burden of the financial losses suffered in the crash.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident in New Jersey that you believe was caused by a driver’s negligence, the knowledgeable Princeton wrongful death attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein can help you determine if you have a meritorious wrongful death claim. Please call us today at 609-240-0040 to discuss your legal rights and options.