A 77-year-old man was killed in a Sussex County car accident after his pickup truck was hit by another vehicle. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the fatal car crash occurred where Route 15 crosses Ice Plant Road in Lafayette. Officials say the man was traveling west when a southbound 2003 Honda Civic, driven by a 23-year-old woman, struck the man’s 2002 Toyota pickup truck. He suffered head injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. Officials do not believe that he was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident. The woman involved in the crash suffered leg injuries and was hospitalized for treatment. There was no mention of citations issued.
A motorist does not have to be cited by the authorities to be held civilly liable for a fatal auto accident in New Jersey. The family of the victim will have to prove that driver negligence was a contributing factor in the collision. Did the other driver run a stop sign or red light? Was the other motorist speeding, distracted, drunk, inattentive, or otherwise negligence? Did the other driver fail to yield the right-of-way at an intersection? These are a few questions that often come up in these cases.
In such cases, the injured victim or the family of the deceased victim would be well advised to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer who will help them pursue their legal rights. In cases where negligence is involved, families of deceased victims can file what is known as a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages including medical expenses and funeral costs.
A New Jersey wrongful death attorney at Lependorf & Silverstein will help families receive the compensation they need following a fatal crash. If you have lost a loved one in a New Jersey car accident, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.