A 42-year-old man was killed in a car crash recently after the vehicle in which he was a passenger crashed into a tow truck on the Garden State Parkway in Upper Township, according to a news report in The Star-Ledger. A 29-year-old woman let her SUV veer onto the shoulder of the roadway where it slammed into the tow truck. The male passenger in the SUV died shortly after the crash. The female driver has been listed in stable condition and the authorities obtained a blood sample to determine if she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The results have not been released.
According to the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS), in 2009, eight people were killed in car accidents in Cape May. During that same year, 583 people were killed in car crashes in all of New Jersey. Whenever a passenger is killed in a car accident, an investigation is needed to determine who was responsible. Depending on the type of insurance a victim had, the family of the deceased may be able to hold the at-fault motorist financially accountable for their actions.
A New Jersey car accident wrongful death claim is a civil lawsuit that allows the family of someone killed in a crash to pursue compensation for their losses from negligent parties. Depending on the circumstances, the deceased victim’s spouse, children, and/or parents may be able to pursue damages such as hospital bills, funeral expenses, lost wages, and loss of companionship.
The knowledgeable New Jersey wrongful death attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help victims’ families understand their legal rights and options following a fatal accident. If you have lost a loved one in a car accident in New Jersey that you believe was caused by another motorist’s negligence, please call 609-240-0040 to receive more information about pursuing your legal rights from one of our highly skilled lawyers today.