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Some family members report victims of car accidents as missing

Not knowing where a loved one is can be frightening for families here in New Jersey or elsewhere, especially if it is a child or an older person. When they disappear, no one wants to think the worst. Sadly, sometimes they report them as missing and hope to find them safe and sound only to find out later that their loved ones were involved in car accidents -- some of them fatal.

A family from a nearby state recently issued a Silver Alert after a 63-year-old family member went missing on St. Patrick's Day. The family later learned that she was involved in a crash here in New Jersey. Troopers with the New Jersey State Police report that the woman was traveling on Interstate 80 when a semi-truck struck her vehicle from behind.

Sadly, the Connecticut woman died from the injuries she suffered in the accident while the truck driver's injuries were described as minor in nature. The investigation remains ongoing, and as of yet, no charges have been filed against the truck driver. Where the woman was going and where she had been since St. Patrick's Day was not reported.

Knowing what happened to the woman might provide some consolation to her family. Surviving family members could exercise their right to file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver and his employer regardless of whether the driver faces criminal charges. Any monetary award received by the family in a successfully litigated claim could help with the unexpected expenses that are typically incurred in similar car accidents.

Source: CBS New York, "Missing Connecticut Woman Killed In New Jersey Crash", March 22, 2017

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