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Family lost a loved one in a recent single-vehicle accident

Far too many New Jersey families know the sting of hearing the unexpected news that a family member died in an accident. Often, there is no discernible reason why their loved ones died while others involved survived. Many of them could probably empathize with a family that recently lost a loved one in a single-vehicle accident on Route 280 in which the other three occupants of the vehicle lived through the ordeal.

Preliminary reports from the New Jersey State Police indicate that the driver of the pickup truck somehow lost control of it. It then careened off the roadway and flipped. The deceased passenger was sitting in the back of the truck at the time. The driver's injuries were serious enough to warrant being hospitalized. At last report, the driver's condition was listed as being stable.

The other two passengers were treated for injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening. Troopers closed down two lanes of the roadway for approximately three hours while they conducted their investigation. No indication was given regarding what factor or factors led to the crash and if criminal charges could be forthcoming.

There are times when a driver's actions do not rise to the level of being considered criminal even when a person dies as a result, but it is not yet know if that is the case here. Even if no criminal charges are filed, the family that lost a loved one in this crash retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the driver in a civil court. Establishing that negligence led to the death of their loved one could result in damages to help with the financial losses that are inevitably incurred in a premature death.

Source: East Hanover, NJ Patch, "Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash in East Hanover: Police", Cameron Luttrell, Oct. 14, 2016

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