When it comes to weather conditions, New Jersey drivers are aware that it is not just snow and ice that can reduce a vehicle's ability to stay on the road. Rainy, wet roads also pose a hazard to vehicles, especially if they are speeding. A driver's failure to respect that a wet road can be dangerous could result in someone being injured in an auto accident.
Wet roads and speed are said to have contributed to a recent accident involving a single vehicle. The BMW somehow ran off the road and flipped onto its side. The car then slammed into a tree.
When police arrived at the scene, they found the vehicle occupied by three people. The 19-year-old driver and the 20-year-old man in the front passenger seat both suffered fatal injuries to which they succumbed during the crash. The third person in the BMW was a 26-year-old back seat passenger who survived the crash. However, he did suffer serious injures for which he was transported to a hospital in Morristown via helicopter. Police report that he suffered trauma to his head, and although he is listed as being in critical condition, he is stable.
Being injured in an auto accident because of the negligence of another gives him the right to file a personal injury claim against the estate of the deceased driver. In addition, the family of the deceased passenger may file a wrongful death claim. Successfully litigated claims could result in a New Jersey court making an award of damages that could defray the costs typically associated with these tragedies.
Source: nj.com, "Police identify two men who died in Saturday Scotch Plains crash", Jessica Remo, Sept. 15, 2014