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Medical issue may be responsible for deadly car accident

Having a medical condition may not necessarily preclude an individual from driving, but it could potentially raise his or her risk of becoming involved in a car crash. Police in New Jersey suspect that a medical issue may have caused a recent head-on collision. It could take some time to confirm whether that was actually the cause of the deadly car accident.

Reports indicate that a 49-year-old man was traveling west on Route 518 here in New Jersey when he suddenly crossed over into the eastbound lane. His vehicle ended up directly in the path of another vehicle driven by a 39-year-old woman, which led to the head-on collision. The man's vehicle came to rest after slamming into a guardrail, and the woman's vehicle was in the center of the roadway when authorities arrived.

Emergency medical personnel attempted to save the life of the woman, but it was too late. Her injuries were too severe, and she died at the scene. After being removed from the wreckage of his vehicle, the man was taken to an area hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries. Authorities do not believe that either party was on a cell phone or intoxicated. However, for some reason, it is believed that a sudden and acute medical event could be the cause.

Regardless, the family of the woman may file a wrongful death claim against the man's estate. The family will need to prove to the court's satisfaction that he negligently caused or contributed to the woman's death. Any medical condition the driver may have had will merit careful investigation to determine if his mere presence behind the wheel of a motor vehicle unnecessarily put others at risk. If a lawsuit is successful, they could receive damages commonly awarded in New Jersey car accident claims.

Source: nj.com, "Head-on crash in Hopewell Township kills two", Cristina Rojas, Oct. 17, 2014

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