Head-on collisions seem to be on the rise in recent months. New Jersey residents may know that almost anything can startle a driver to make him or her lose control and swerve unexpectedly into oncoming traffic. With these things in mind, it may be easy to see why a car accident can happen at any time or place.
A recent fatal accident occurred in Maurice River Township on Route 49 sometime before 8 p.m. New Jersey State Police report that two women were traveling eastbound in an SUV in Cumberland County when a box van that was heading west crossed over the center median and directly into the path of the SUV. The 52-year-old woman driving the SUV had nowhere else to go and could not react fast enough before the two vehicles collided.
The driver and the 50-year-old passenger of the SUV were trapped inside the vehicle and later died at the scene. The 45-year-old driver of the box van and the his passenger survived the crash. They were transported to an area hospital and treated for minor injuries from the crash.
New Jersey State Police are continuing their investigation into the nature of this double fatal car accident. The authorities are also waiting on the outcome of the pending autopsies on the victims. The families of both deceased victims are undoubtedly grieving and are most certainly waiting for the official determination so that they may have some sense of closure. The families may opt to file a wrongful death claim against the driver of the box van for the sudden death of their loved ones, and a successful claim could result in monetary restitution for the expenses and other damages they incurred. The passenger of the van may file a personal injury claim as well.
Source: readingeagle.com, "Two Berks County women killed in southern NJ crash", , June 30, 2014