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Did negligence contribute to the death of a man in New Jersey?

Paying attention to traffic signs and signals is the responsibility of every driver on New Jersey roads. When a person fails to do so, the result can cause serious or even fatal injuries. For instance, the alleged negligence of one driver is being blamed for a man's death and injuries to a woman.

For some reason, the driver of a minivan allegedly failed to obey a stop sign. As the 39-year-old woman's vehicle entered the intersection, it slammed into another vehicle. The impact pushed the vehicle onto its side trapping the driver. The tilted vehicle slid into the path of a third vehicle, which was unable to avoid crashing into the underside of the overturned vehicle.

The 80-year-old driver of the third vehicle suffered fatal injuries at the scene. The driver of the overturned vehicle was rescued from the wreckage and was taken to a hospital in the area for treatment of back, head and neck injuries. Her current condition is not known.

The driver of the minivan had six children with her, who ranged in age from 3 to 9. Fortunately, the children only suffered minor injuries, as did the driver. She was cited for failing to obey the stop sign and careless driving. It is not known whether any further charges will be considered.

Even if officials take no further action against the minivan driver, she could face civil actions from the deceased victim's surviving family members and the other injured driver. If negligence is proved to a New Jersey court's satisfaction, it may award monetary damages. Any judgment ordered could help with the unexpected and burdensome expenses incurred in tragedies such as this one.

Source: nj.com, "Mickleton man killed in 3-vehicle East Greenwich crash", Jim Six, Aug. 30, 2014

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