A 20-year-old woman and two men, ages 20 and 21, were killed in a car accident recently when their vehicle crashed into the side of the Pine Beach Elementary School in Ocean County. According to NJ.com, police have stated that it appears as though the 2011 Hyundai Accent was traveling at a high rate of speed when it crashed into the brick wall of the school library. All three occupants of the vehicle were killed in the collision, and officials say the occupants were not wearing their seat belts at the time. A follow-up report states that heroin and prescription painkillers were found in the car after the fatal crash.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), of the 583 car accident fatalities in New Jersey in 2009, 63 occurred in Ocean County. Thorough investigations are needed following fatal car crashes to determine who was at fault and how it could have been prevented. In cases where a dangerous roadway, defective auto part, or another motorist is found at fault for the crash, the driver’s family may pursue compensation for their loss. In cases involving the death of a passenger, the at-fault driver may be held liable for the damages suffered.
The family of a passenger who is killed in a New Jersey car accident may file a wrongful death claim against the driver responsible for the crash. Family members of a deceased car accident victim can seek compensation from the at-fault party for medical and funeral expenses, lost future income, loss of love and companionship, and other related damages.
The Princeton car accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help New Jersey car crash victims and their families understand their legal rights and options. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, please contact us at 609-240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and case evaluation.