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Did negligence contribute to New Jersey fatal accident?

It is true that a car accident can occur even when a New Jersey driver does everything right. More often, however, some act of negligence causes the driver to lose control of the vehicle and crash. This may be especially true in a wreck that only involves one vehicle since no other outside force factored into the wreck.

New Jersey law enforcement officers will often attempt to rule out any outside force when investigating a single-car accident when they are unable to look to the occupants of the vehicle or witnesses for answers. This may be the case in a recent car accident that involved just one car. Police were called to the scene at approximately 1:10 a.m.

When they arrived, they found that the 20-year-old driver had been thrown from the car during the crash. The 18-year-old passenger had somehow gotten out of the car as well. Both suffered serious injuries and were transported to a hospital in the area.

Unfortunately, both of them succumbed to their injuries shortly thereafter. This means that police will need to rely on the scene and other investigative avenues to determine what caused the crash. At present, all that is known is that the vehicle left the road, crashed into some trees and flipped over.

The answers sought by investigators may also be useful to the family of the passenger in a wrongful death claim. This is because the primary duty of the family in such a lawsuit is to prove negligence on the part of the driver. If the court is satisfied that the death of their loved one was due to a negligent act on the part of the driver, they may award damages to the family that would be detailed in a monetary judgment against the estate of the deceased driver.

Source: nj.com, "Police ID 18-year-old, 20-year-old killed in Marlboro crash", Alex Napoliello, June 15, 2015

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