College Student Killed in New Jersey Car Accident

A 22-year-old male student at Ramapo College was killed in a New Jersey head-on collision. According to a news report in Lohud.com, the fatal car accident occurred on Ramapo Valley Road near the college. Officials say his Honda collided head-on with a Dodge Durango. Emergency crews revived him with a defibrillator and transported him to a nearby hospital in critical condition, but he succumbed to his injuries two days after the crash. It is unclear what caused the head-on collision or if anyone will be cited for the crash.

Whenever a motorist veers into oncoming traffic, it must be determined who caused the accident. Was the motorist responsible for the crash or did another driver force the vehicle out of the lane of traffic? Did a dangerous roadway condition or a defective auto part contribute to the crash?

Under New Jersey law, motorists must remain in their lane of traffic and not cross double yellow lines. N.J.S.A. 39:4-88 states: “When a roadway has been divided into clearly marked lanes for traffic, drivers of vehicles shall obey the following regulations: a. A vehicle shall normally be driven in the lane nearest the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway when that lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or in preparation for a left turn.”

The family of a deceased New Jersey car accident victim would be well advised to discuss their legal rights and options with an experienced wrongful death attorney. Compensation may be available for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages.

The knowledgeable fatal auto accident attorney in New Jersey at Lependorf & Silverstein help families get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve after a tragic accident. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal crash, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.