New Jersey residents may have noticed the plethora of news stories from here and around the country regarding car accidents in which one vehicle veered into oncoming traffic just before the crash. Adding to those stories is one about a woman fatally injured in an auto accident reportedly caused by a vehicle careening into her lane. Two other people were injured in the same crash.
Preliminary reports regarding the accident indicate that two vehicles were traveling in opposite directions. The crash occurred when a 21-year-old driving one of the two vehicles crossed over into the oncoming lane of traffic directly into the path of a 50-year-old woman's vehicle. The woman was unable to avoid the collision.
Sadly, she suffered fatal injuries in the crash and died at the scene. The other driver and the passenger in the deceased woman's car suffered injuries described only as non-life threatening. However, the injuries were serious enough to require them to be transported to an area hospital.
Their current conditions are not known. The investigation is ongoing. Depending on what officials find during the investigation, criminal charges could be filed against the other driver.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased driver and the injured passenger may exercise their rights to file civil actions against the driver responsible. If it is determined by a New Jersey court that the woman's death and passenger's injuries were caused by the negligence of another, it may consider an award of damages. Any monetary restitution received would most likely be for damages similar to those awarded as a result of someone being seriously or fatally injured in an auto accident.
Source: nbcphiladelphia.com, "2-Car Crash Kills New Jersey Woman", Jan. 5, 2015