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Commuter Van Crash in New Jersey Proves Fatal

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 6, 2013

One woman died and a man was critically injured after they were both ejected from a commuter van Thanksgiving night. The Star-Ledger reports that the Ford commercial van flipped on Route 80 near Exit 27 in Mount Olive. The van rolled over and hit the guardrail at the side of the road. There were 12 people in the van. Three were ejected.

Emergency responders tried to resuscitate the woman, but she was pronounced dead. Two men were also ejected from the van. One of them was critically injured. The other man suffered head and neck injuries, but is said to be in stable condition.

The driver of the van said a U-Haul-style vehicle cut him off in the left lane of the highway. He said he swerved to avoid it and lost control, eventually hitting the guardrail. Eight other people in the van were treated at area hospitals for non-life-threatening injuries. The investigation is ongoing.

In the aftermath of any accident, it is important to determine precisely what caused the crash. If another driver caused the collision, then that driver and his or her employer can be held liable for the injuries and damages causes. Injured victims can seek compensation from the at-fault parties for damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, cost of hospitalization, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Families of deceased victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages as well.

The experienced New Jersey auto accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have helped numerous crash victims and their families seek compensation for their injuries, damages, and losses. Please contact our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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