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Pedestrians and passengers are often victims of auto accidents

Pedestrians are already the most vulnerable New Jersey residents on the roads, and many rely on drivers to follow traffic laws and pay attention. Passengers in a motor vehicle are also in the same position, and are at the mercy of a driver to whom they entrusted their lives. Sadly, many drivers betray that trust and their duty to others on the road, which means that pedestrians and passengers are often the victims of auto accidents during which they have no control over their fates.

At approximately 2 p.m. on a recent Thursday, a 29-year-old teacher was running along the southbound lane of Route 206, and police say that she was not in the lane of travel. Meanwhile, a pickup truck driven by a 28-year-old man was traveling north on the same road. As the pickup approached the jogger, it suddenly veered across the roadway into the southbound lane and the victim.

The truck then hit some trees and flipped over before finally coming to a rest. The jogging teacher succumbed to her injuries at the scene. A 31-year-old passenger in the truck also died in the crash. The driver was seriously injured and transported to an area hospital. He could face criminal charges once the investigation is complete.

He may also face wrongful death claims filed by the surviving family members of the victims. If it can be proved that the deaths of their loved ones were caused by the negligence of the pickup truck's driver, a New Jersey court may award them damages often awarded in fatal auto accidents. Any monetary restitution could help the families with the financial burdens thrust on them in the aftermath of the tragic crash.

Source: nj.com, "Jogger killed in Southampton crash was teacher; other fatal victim also ID'd", Andy Polhamus, Aug. 28, 2015

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