A 16-year-old girl was killed in a New Jersey car accident that may have involved a driver exceeding the speed limit. According to a news report in The Jersey Journal, the fatal car crash occurred on West Side Avenue near 75th Street in North Bergen. The victim was the passenger in a 2008 Chevrolet Malibu that veered out of control, hit a utility pole, and struck a tree. Authorities believe that excessive speed may have been a factor in this fatal crash. The 16-year-old passenger was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The 20-year-old driver from Union City sustained non-life-threatening injuries. It is unclear if he will face any charges in connection with this fatal crash.
Speed is a common factor in motor vehicle collisions. Speeding drivers are more likely to lose control of their vehicle, and also have less time to react to traffic conditions around them. New Jersey Statute 39:4-98 requires all motorists to obey the posted speed limits. Drivers who violate NJS 39:4-96 by driving recklessly may be held criminally and civilly liable for their actions.
The family of a deceased car accident victim would be well advised to seek the counsel of an experienced wrongful death attorney. Compensation may be available for damages including medical bills, funeral expenses, and loss of any future income.
The law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein handles all types of auto accident cases in New Jersey. Our skilled Princeton wrongful death car accident attorneys know how to hold negligent drivers accountable for their actions. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident, please contact us at 609-240-0040 for a no-cost consultation.