Every New Jersey driver owes a duty of care to his or her passengers and everyone else sharing the road. Failing to pay attention to the road or follow established traffic laws can easily lead to a crash. If that happens, it is possible that an accident victim could suffer serious injuries or even death.
The victim of a recent accident on Route 49 lost his life. A limousine bus identified as a Mercedes Sprinter was traveling eastbound when it crossed into the opposite lane of travel, directly into the path of the victim's vehicle. The driver of the Honda CR-V attempted to avoid a collision, but could not get out of the way fast enough. The Mercedes slammed into the driver's side of the victim's vehicle.
The Pennsylvania man suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. New Jersey officials are most likely attempting to ascertain why the Mercedes' driver -- who suffered only minor injuries in the crash -- crossed over into the victim's path. When the investigation into this tragedy is complete, it may be revealed what charges, if any, will be filed against the driver of the limousine bus.
Meanwhile, the family of the accident victim must try to find a way to move forward with their lives with him. They may decide to exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver and possibly his or her employer under the legal theory of vicarious liability. Any damages awarded in a successfully litigated claim could help alleviate the financial burdens typically encountered in the unexpected death of a loved one.
Source: montgomerynews.com, "Upper Dublin man victim of fatal accident over Labor Day weekend", Linda Finarellil An, Sept. 3, 2014