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Sometimes, injured victims of car accidents do not survive

When a New Jersey family hears that a loved one was seriously injured in a car accident, they have hope that person will recover and be able to get back to his or her life at some point. Sadly, however, some seriously injured victims of car accidents ultimately succumb to their injuries. This is the situation one family is facing when a young family member died just days after being involved in a crash on Route 80 here in New Jersey.

According to the New Jersey State Police, a dump truck was parked on the shoulder of the eastbound side of Route 80. The vehicle that the boy was in slammed into the back of the dump truck. In conducting the investigation at the scene, New Jersey police reportedly found drug paraphernalia in the wreckage of the car. Therefore, a toxicology test is pending with regard to the 37-year-old driver to determine whether he was  impaired at the time of the crash.

The driver did not survive the crash. A 14-year-old boy -- who does not appear to have been related to the driver -- also perished from the injuries he suffered in the impact. A 13-year-old boy who does share the same last name with the driver, initially survived the crash, but later died at the hospital.

The parents of the unrelated boy may file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver, seeking restitution for damages typically awarded in car accidents caused by the negligence of another. As for the other boy, surviving family members have the legal right to file a wrongful death claim as well. However, most familial claims are settled through insurance.

Source: nj.com, "Second passenger in fatal Route 80 crash dies", Myles Ma, Aug. 17, 2015

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