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Numerous car accidents are caused by novice teenage drivers

Every day, teenagers across New Jersey get their driver's licenses. Even though experienced drivers make mistakes behind the wheel, the fact that teenagers are novice drivers also results in numerous car accidents. Some of those accidents result in fatalities.

For example, on a recent Tuesday sometime prior to 4:37 p.m., a 46-year-old man was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 15. As he approached an intersection, a vehicle from the right-hand lane began turning left and slammed into the motorcycle. When emergency responders arrived at the scene, the man was barely alive.

Life-saving measures were taken at the scene that prolonged his life long enough to get him to a hospital in the area. Unfortunately, the efforts of medical personnel at the hospital were not successful, and he succumbed to his injuries. Whether the 17-year-old driver of the vehicle that struck him suffered any injuries was not reported.

Meanwhile, officers remained at the scene for approximately two hours to conduct their investigation. Authorities would not comment on whether the teenage girl will face any charges in connection with the accident and/or the death of the motorcycle rider. The investigation is ongoing.

In the meantime, the victim's family could exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the party or parties who might be held legally liable for the death of their loved one. If the evidence shows that the driver's negligence caused or contributed to the death of the victim, a New Jersey civil court might consider an award of damages. Any monetary judgment the family receives could result in receiving restitution for the financial losses often seen in car accidents.

Source: nj.com, "Motorcylist killed in Jefferson crash with teen driver", Ben Horowitz, June 22, 2016

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