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Serious Motor Vehicle Accident in Ewing Township Results in a Fatal Injury

By Lependorf & Silverstein on June 10, 2020

Ewing Township, New Jersey (June 4th, 2020) – At approximately 12 p.m. on June 4th, the Ewing Police Dispatch received several 9-1-1 calls regarding a two-vehicle accident involving serious bodily harm in the area of Ashley and Lower Ferry Roads.

Upon arrival, responding officers encountered a 23-year-old female trapped inside one of the vehicles. Ewing Fire Station 33 freed the entrapped victim. She was subsequently transported to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center in critical condition. Accompanying her in the vehicle was a five-year-old passenger who was also transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the second vehicle was also transported to the hospital in stable condition.

The 23-year-old female driver, later identified as Gabriella Nordgren, succumbed to her injuries. Preliminary instigations indicate that the vehicle operated by Nordgren crossed a center lane divider, striking the oncoming vehicle head-on. At this time, no charges have been filed and the crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the accident is asked to contact Investigating Officer Robert Birchenough.

The sudden passing of a loved one is always difficult and it can cause a great financial upheaval in the lives of the victim’s survivors. When the fatal accident was caused as a result of another’s negligence, the feeling of injustice can be overwhelming.

The State of New Jersey recognizes the burdens families often face following the unexpected passing of a loved one caused by another’s wrongdoing. As a result, the state legislature passed the Wrongful Death Act. This Act defines wrongful death as the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or omission of another where pecuniary losses are accrued.

Under the Wrongful Death Act, the victim’s survivors can seek compensatory damages on behalf of the deceased victim. Available compensation can include hospital bills, loss of earnings before the victim’s passing, the loss of future earnings, a loss of household services, attorney’s fees, and funeral costs. The State of New Jersey also allows spouses and dependent children the opportunity to seek non-economic damages for the loss of care, affections, and love. Moreover, they can also seek compensation for the loss of parental guidance or training.

New Jersey’s Wrongful Death Act delineates that the claim will need to be filed within two years of the date of the wrongful death. Cases brought forward after the deadline has passed will no longer be admissible.

Wrongful death cases are complex and usually involve an intricate and thorough investigation. This can be particularly true if the auto accident involved multiple vehicles or potentially responsible third parties. For instance, accidents caused as a result of unkempt roads could result in third party liability. Generally, public roads are maintained by public agencies. When an accident occurs as a result of a public agency’s negligence, the agency could be held accountable for the wrongful death.

If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of another’s negligence, seek the legal guidance of a well-versed accident attorney. For grieving families, the wrongful death of their loved one can further bring about financial distress. Discuss your case with a knowledgeable attorney to understand your legal options.

The compassionate New Jersey accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are highly qualified in the field of wrongful death cases. For more than two decades, the firm has successfully handled complex wrongful death claims, including those involving third-parties. After the loss of a loved one caused by another’s negligence, consider obtaining the support of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Contact the law firm today at (609) 240-0040 for a free initial consultation.

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The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over twenty years.

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