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Sadly, 911 calls do not always prevent car accidents

When New Jersey motorists see a car moving erratically, many will call 911 in order to alert police. Sadly, officers are not always able to stop reckless drivers in time to prevent car accidents. Innocent people suffer serious or fatal injuries when drivers fail to maintain control of their vehicles and themselves.

Recently, several motorists on New Jersey's Route 55 made 911 calls regarding a vehicle that was driving erratically. Witnesses made comments that the car was all over the road and the driver was possibly drunk. New Jersey State Police troopers were dispatched to the area, and one trooper found the car, but not the way he would have liked.

The car careened through the median into the opposing lanes of travel and slammed head-on into the trooper's patrol car. The 61-year-old suspected drunk driver died at the scene. The 31-year-old trooper, who was newly married, was rushed to an area hospital by emergency personnel, but he later succumbed to his injuries. Toxicology tests are not yet back to either confirm or deny that the erratic driver was drunk.

Despite the fact that the trooper's family will more than likely be eligible for benefits under the state's workers' compensation system, his surviving family members retain the right to file a wrongful death claim against the other driver's estate. Witness statements, accident reconstructions and police reports are often used in order to prove negligence in car accidents. Should the evidence support negligence on the part of the other driver, the court might consider an award of damages.

Source: NBC Philadelphia, "'He's All Over the Road': 911 Caller Describes Moments Before Crash Kills NJ Trooper, Doctor", Dan Stamm, Dec. 7, 2016

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