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New Jersey teen's family may file wrongful death claim

When a family member dies unexpectedly in an accident, surviving family members are often left wondering whether the death of their loved one was preventable. Sadly, in many cases, the negligence of another party or parties turns out to be the reason for the family's loss. New Jersey families who are in this situation might exercise their rights to file wrongful death claims against those believed to have caused or contributed to the deaths of the victims.

At approximately 8 p.m. on a Saturday night, a car driven by a 21-year-old man on Route 42 struck a 15-year-old girl. Police believe it is possible that the teen was attempting to make her way to a school carnival being held in a nearby parking lot. The teen was rushed to an area hospital to be treated for the serious injuries she suffered in the accident.

Unfortunately, her injuries were severe, and, despite the efforts of medical personnel, she succumbed to those injuries the Monday following the accident at approximately 3 p.m. The crash remains under investigation. Therefore, at last report, no charges had been filed against the driver.

Officials might not believe that the driver's actions that night were criminal. However, that does not mean that his actions would not be considered negligent in a wrongful death claim by a New Jersey civil court. The deceased teen's surviving family members retain the right to file such a claim and may request compensation from the court for various damages, such as medical costs, funeral and burial expenses, and pain and suffering, among others.

Source: nj.com, "N.J. girl hit by car on Route 42 dies from injuries", Rebecca Forand, April 25, 2016

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