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Poor decisions can lead to serious car accidents

People who choose to get behind the wheel of a car owe a duty to their passengers and everyone else with whom they share the roads. Every choice drivers make as they travel New Jersey's roadways determines the outcome of the trip. When those decisions are poorly made, car accidents can be the result.

For instance, a 19-year-old man decided to attempt to pass a vehicle at a traffic light that was most likely not moving as quickly as he would have liked. When he began to pass, he veered into oncoming traffic and collided with another vehicle. Instead of staying at the scene, rendering aid and taking responsibility for his actions, he ran from the scene of the crash on foot.

He left behind his passenger, whose injuries were severe enough that he or she remained hospitalized at last report. No information was provided regarding anyone else who might have suffered injuries in the crash and what their current conditions might be. The driver believed to be responsible faces numerous criminal charges and traffic violations in connection with accident. His next court date is currently scheduled for Sept. 9.

Regardless of the outcome of the criminal proceedings, the seriously injured passenger and anyone else at the scene who was injured retain the right to file personal injury claims. Providing a New Jersey civil court with evidence documenting negligence on the part of the wrong-way driver could result in an award of damages typically sought in car accidents. Any monetary restitution received could help with unexpected losses such as medical costs, lost wages and other damages.

Source: Fort Lee, NJ Patch, "Student Charged In Fort Lee Car Accident", Daniel Hubbard, Aug. 23, 2016

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