There is rarely any way to predict when a specific car crash will occur. In New Jersey, car accidents happen every single day. While most people are able to walk away from a minor crash, all too often an accident results in serious injury or death. When a fatal car accident is caused by another driver's negligence, it is a seemingly senseless tragedy that sends shockwaves of sadness and regret throughout the community.
Recently, a fatal accident occurred in Morris County along Route 46. Police arrested a 26-year-old man from Dover for allegedly causing it. He has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, fleeing an accident scene and death by auto.
According to police, they reported to the accident scene after getting calls that a hit-and-run crash had occurred near a grocery store. After arriving, they discovered that one of the men involved in the crash had died from his injuries. Later, they found the now accused man's vehicle, pulled off to the side of Interstate 80. They were able to identify him as the hit-and-run driver by the damage to the front of his car.
Just because a New Jersey resident is killed in a car accident, it does not always mean that individual's family will have a viable wrongful death claim. However, when another driver is faulted for causing the crash, and especially in cases when that driver is arrested and ultimately found guilty of the charges, any civil action that a family wishes to pursue will likely be strengthened. Recoverable damages in such lawsuits may include money for pain and suffering, money to pay for funeral costs and restitution for other types of financial damages associated with these types of tragedies.
Source: New Jersey Herald, NJ man charged in fatal auto crash on Route 46, No author, Feb. 24, 2014