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Far too many people die in single car accidents each year

The roadways of New Jersey and the rest of country see all kinds of accidents every year. Some of those car accidents involve only one vehicle. The breadth of injuries suffered by a vehicle's occupants can vary greatly depending on the circumstances. What is a survivable crash for one person could be fatal for another -- even if they are in the same vehicle.

This fact was recently illustrated by a crash that took place in the wooded median of Route 55. From what investigators have been able to ascertain thus far, the 18-year-old driver of the car somehow lost control of it. It careened into the median and struck a tree.

Troopers with the New Jersey State Police report that the driver was awake and responding to them when they and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene. She was taken to a hospital in the area, but no report regarding her current condition was available at the time of this writing. Her 18-year-old passenger did not fare as well, however. She suffered fatal injuries to which she succumbed at the scene.

While troopers work to determine the cause of the accident, the family of the deceased teenager is mourning her loss. At some point, surviving family members may exercise their right to file a claim in a New Jersey civil court. A successfully litigated wrongful death claim that establishes that the death of their loved one was due to the negligence of the driver could lead to an award of damages often ordered in car accidents.

Source: nj.com, "Police ID teenager killed after crash on Route 55", Spencer Kent, Jan. 21, 2016

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