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Teen Dead and Others Injured After Vehicle Strikes Tree in Tenafly

By Lependorf & Silverstein on December 1, 2021

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Tenafly, NJ (November 14th, 2021) – According to investigators, a teen from Tenafly lost his life in a vehicle accident that happened on Saturday night.

On Sunday morning, authorities reported that officers responded to an accident that happened on the intersection of Columbus Dr. and Knickerbocker Rd. in Tenafly. The collision happened around 10 p.m. and resulted in multiple serious injuries.

Based on official reports, four passengers were traveling in a 2008 Volkswagen when their vehicle collided with a tree that was located on a property on Knickerbocker Rd.

The Police Chief has confirmed that the driver of the vehicle, a teen, lost his life in the accident.

Passengers from the vehicle were rushed to local hospitals for treatment. This includes a 20-year-old male resident from Bergenfield, a 20-year-old female resident from Cresskill, and a 32-year-old female resident from Bayonne.

The current status of the victims is not known at this time. One of the passengers had to be extricated from the vehicle. The identity of the deceased victim has not been released at this time pending notification of next of kin. Further information regarding the cause of the accident is not readily available.

The auto accident remains under investigation. The Tenafly Police Department is asking anyone with information regarding this accident to contact the department right away.

The sudden and tragic death of a family member will almost always cause emotional and financial turmoil in the lives of the victim’s survivors. When the sudden passing is unexpected as a result of an accident, attempting to make decisions regarding the family’s needs can become extremely challenging. If the death was caused as a result of an accident caused by another party’s reckless conduct or negligence, the tragic situation can become even more overwhelming.

In the State of New Jersey, when an accident that led to the victim’s death is caused as a result of the negligence of another, the victim’s survivors may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the at-fault party through a wrongful death claim. The claim must prove that the at-fault party’s negligent actions caused the claimants to sustain economic losses. In a successful case, the claimant will be able to obtain compensation for their losses.

In New Jersey, auto accidents are the most common types of accidents that lead to wrongful death claims. These accident claims, however, can also be brought forward after accidents caused while at work, while using a defective product, as a result of medical negligence, and more. For the most part, these accidents are mostly unintentional but they are usually preventable.

It is important to note that not everyone can file a claim after the passing of a loved one. State law limits those who can bring a case forward to immediate relatives who were economically dependent on the deceased. This can include spouses, children, parents, siblings, and other dependents. Also, when filing a case, it is critical to file the case within the state’s statute of limitations. A failure to do so may result in a case invalidation.

Depending on the facts of the case, the claimant may be able to obtain compensation for the loss of wages, loss of parental guidance, loss of companionship and emotional support, medical bills, funeral costs, and burial expenses.

Wrongful death cases in the State of New Jersey can quickly become complicated as many of them involve more than one liable party. Additionally, comparative liability can affect the resolution of the case. If you or someone you know was tragically killed in an accident caused by another party, seek the immediate support of a well-versed attorney in New Jersey. With the right legal representation, it may be possible to secure fair compensation for the financial losses accumulated following the victim’s tragic passing.

The dedicated attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are exceptionally versed in auto accident cases, including those resulting in wrongful death. To arrange a complimentary case evaluation with the law firm, consider completing the online contact form here.

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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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