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Women Killed in New Jersey Crash

By Lependorf & Silverstein on July 8, 2014

New Jersey Car CrashA 52-year-old woman and a 50-year-old woman were killed in a New Jersey car accident when a van struck their SUV. According to a WFMZ news report, the fatal car crash occurred on Route 49 in Maurice River Township. Officials say a van crossed the centerline and struck their SUV. The women in the SUV died at the scene. The occupants of the van suffered minor injuries. It is unclear why the van crossed into oncoming traffic or if the driver will be cited for the crash.

Many head-on collisions in New Jersey involve vehicles that enter oncoming traffic in an attempt to pass slower vehicles. Under New Jersey Statute 39:4-86: “The driver of a vehicle shall not drive to the left side of the center line of a highway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the left side is clearly visible and free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit the overtaking and passing to be made in safety.”

Attempting to pass a slower moving vehicle is just one of many reasons why a driver may cross into oncoming traffic. Investigators must also evaluate if the at-fault driver was speeding, asleep at the wheel or impaired by drugs or alcohol. These are all forms of driver negligence that can contribute to a head-on collision.

The family of someone killed by a negligent driver may pursue financial compensation for their tragic loss. A successful wrongful death claim in New Jersey can provide a grieving family with monetary compensation for losses, such as medical expenses, lost future income, funeral costs, and pain and suffering. Money cannot bring back a loved one. However, it can help families become more financially stable during a time of grief and loss.

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