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Man arrested in New Jersey in potential wrongful death case

The dangers of driving under the influence are well-documented. Multiple public service messages focus on educating the general public. Even many alcohol companies urges customers to drink responsibly. Despite these efforts, drivers in New Jersey and across the country continue to drive while under the influence of alcohol, sometimes resulting in the loss of lives. Family members of those who have lost their lives in an accident caused by a drunk driver have the option of filing a wrongful death lawsuit.

The family of a deceased victim in a recent accident may choose to pursue that option. Police say that the 22-year-old man was a passenger in a car driven by a 21-year-old male. According to reports, the car exited the road before striking a tree.

Both men as well as a female occupant of the car were transported to the hospital. While the woman is listed in good condition and the driver's condition is unclear, the male passenger passed away as a result of injuries suffered in the accident. The driver was charged with death by auto and driving while intoxicated.

Unfortunately, the family of the deceased man is likely coming to terms with news of his death. Due to the financial burden associated with the unexpected death of a family member, many in New Jersey who have lost a loved one in such a manner also find themselves suffering financially. A wrongful death lawsuit may be one solution for these surviving family members. If negligence can be proved -- a claim that would be supported by a conviction of criminal charges associated with the accident -- loved ones could receive an award of damages to help cope with the financial consequences of their loss, including funeral expenses and lost wages.

Source: washingtontimes.com, "New Jersey man charged with DWI in fatal car crash", Feb. 18, 2017

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