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Excessive speed if a factor in many car accidents

To operate a vehicle properly, a driver needs training and experience. The training given to New Jersey residents who are not in a profession that requires advanced training -- such as law enforcement officers --  not often take long, but gaining the experience needed in order to control the vehicle at high speed takes a significant amount of time. Teenagers who have not had their driver's licenses for long do not have the necessary experience, which could be one reason why they are involved in numerous car accidents involving speed as a factor.

Inexperience could be a factor in a recent single-car accident that police say involved excessive speed. The 18-year-old driver and his 15-year-old passenger were in the vehicle as it traveled on a residential street at approximately 6 a.m. on a Saturday. The preliminary investigation into the crash indicates that as the car approached an intersection, the driver somehow lost control of the vehicle. It then rolled over and came to rest on its roof.

By the time emergency personnel in Plainfield arrived at the scene, the two occupants of the vehicle had succumbed to the injuries they suffered in the accident. It is unknown whether either teen was wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash. It might not have even mattered since high speed impacts tend to occur with great force.

As the families of these two teens mourn their losses, the family of the passenger may decide to exercise its right to file a wrongful death claim against the estate of the driver and/or any other party listed as a registered owner of the vehicle. Establishing through applicable evidence that his death was caused by the negligent actions of the driver could mean that a New Jersey court will consider an award of damages typically awarded in car accidents. Any restitution ordered by the court could help the family with the unexpected financial losses that accompany the premature death of a loved one.

Source: nj.com, "High speed a factor in Plainfield crash that killed 2 teens, police say", Marisa Iati, Dec. 28, 2015

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