Most New Jersey residents agree that the college years can be some of the best years in a young person's life. There is so much to look forward to and so much hope for the future. It is a tragedy when a young person's life is cut short because of a car accident.
A Harvard University Junior, who was majoring in neurobiology, was on her way back to Harvard from a competition that she and her friends attended in a nearby state when she was involved in a car accident. According to New Jersey State Police, a Chrysler Town and Country was traveling northbound on the New Jersey Turnpike around 12:35 a.m. when it swerved across multiple lanes of traffic and bounced off the guardrail, back into the main flow of traffic. This resulted in the van slamming into a semi-truck.
A second tractor-trailer tried to avoid the collision ahead, but due to the size and speed of the truck could not avoid hitting the first truck. The impact ejected the 20-year-old passenger from the van. She died from her injuries. Three other passengers survived the crash, but had to be transported to a local hospital to be treated for injuries they suffered in the crash. There was no mention of the driver of the van or the driver's current condition in the report.
The family of the deceased passenger may well be in their rights in filing a wrongful death claim against the driver of the van in this fatal car accident. True, no amount of money can replace a loved one or the promising future they may have had, but any monetary award may help defray the financial burden caused by the sudden loss of a loved one. The surviving passengers may be entitled to file personal injury claims against the driver of the van for damages allowable under New Jersey law.
Source: trentonian.com, Harvard University student killed in three-vehicle accident in Robbinsville, Penny Ray, Feb. 10, 2014