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New Jersey car accident kills 3 and injures 12

Having control of the vehicle is one of the most important aspects of driving. Nearly every New Jersey resident already knows this. The driver must be in control and be distraction free in order to be prepared for any possible hazard that might occur on city streets. If either of these basic rules of driving are not followed, a car accident could occur.

A recent car vs. bus accident has authorities searching for the cause. According to New Jersey Transit officials, the bus was headed toward a mall from the Atlantic City terminal when a car slammed into it head-on. For reasons that may never be fully known, the car carrying five people, all of whom were not yet 20 years of age, swerved across the center median and into the path of the bus.

The bus driver attempted to avoid the inevitable impact, but could not escape it even after it swerved onto the sidewalk. A multitude of people were injured as a result of the crash. Unfortunately, two of the five individuals in the car, a male passenger and a female passenger, suffered fatal injuries in the immediate aftermath of the accident. Tragically, despite the best efforts of medical personnel, a third victim later succumbed to her injuries as well.

Authorities will continue their investigation while the injured victims begin their healing and recovery. Under New Jersey Law, the injured parties and the families of the deceased victims retain the right to file civil actions against either the driver or the driver's estate if it is determined that she is one of the individuals who passed away. Successfully litigated personal injury and wrongful death claims could lead to awards of damages that could help ease the pain and suffering of those affected by a tragic car accident.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "Teens Die, 13 Hurt After NJ Transit Bus, Car Collide", David Chang, May 27, 2014

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