New Jersey drivers accept a certain amount of risk every time they get behind the wheel of their cars. However, few people expect to be involved in a car accident since they rely on other drivers to be diligent and pay attention. Unfortunately, that does not always happen, and innocent people are often injured or killed as a result.
For instance, two women traveling east on Route 49 in a GMC Terrain recently became involved in a crash with a Ford box van. New Jersey authorities report that the westbound Ford crossed over into oncoming traffic directly into the path of the GMC. The 52-year-old driver of the GMC was unable to get out of the Ford's way and the two vehicles collided.
It took firefighters from several departments to get the two women out of the GMC. When they finally freed the women, emergency personnel determined that they had both succumbed to fatal injuries they received in the crash. The driver of the Ford, a woman and her passenger, a man, reportedly suffered only minor injuries for which they were transported to an area hospital.
The investigation into this tragic car accident is ongoing. There is no word yet as to what, if any, charges may be filed against the driver of the Ford. The families of the two victims do not have to wait for the completion of the official investigation in order to file wrongful death claims. If they are successful in proving that the Ford's driver caused or contributed to the deaths of their family members, the court may consider an award of damages such as funeral and burial expenses, along with other damages incurred in these types of tragedies.
Source: nj.com, "Maurice River Township accident on Route 49 leaves 2 Pa. women dead", Spencer Kent, June 28, 2014