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Tragic car accident kills 2 New Jersey teens, injures another

Due to their inexperience behind the wheel of a motor vehicle, teenagers across the country are often involved in accidents. Many do not yet understand how weather conditions and other obstacles can affect driving. For instance, police here in New Jersey believe that wet roads contributed to a recent car accident that killed two teens and seriously injured a third.

The roadway was wet when the 17-year-old driver attempted to pass a couple of cars. The young driver lost control of the vehicle he was operating, slammed into a utility pole, a parked car and someone's home. When the car hit the utility pole, the two passengers -- an 18-year-old male and a 16-year-old girl -- were thrown out of the vehicle. When the car hit the home, the driver was thrown from the vehicle as well.

Sadly, the driver and his male passenger's injuries were too severe, and both died at the scene. The girl survived the crash and was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. At last report, her condition was reported as stable. According to reports, the deceased victims are the second and third teens to be killed in a car accident from the same New Jersey high school this year.

As the families and community grieve for the lives lost in this tragic car accident, civil actions could be filed on behalf of the deceased man and the seriously injured teen, seeking damages permitted under state law. If sufficient proof establishes that the driver was negligent, an award of monetary damages may be considered. No amount of money can undo the events of that day, but it may provide some financial relief for the victims' families.

Source: nj.com, "Pilesgrove Township accident victims mourned by community and school district", Don E. Woods, Nov. 7, 2014

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