A Fatal Auto Accident Hits Too Close to Home
Rush hour traffic came to a halt on early Tuesday morning as a fatal auto accident killed one pedestrian in the area of Communipaw Avenue and John F. Kennedy Boulevard in Jersey City. A high-speed police chase followed a vehicle which struck other cars and a light pole before hitting the pedestrian who was standing at a bus stop.
Unfortunately, fatal occurrences like this happen all too often and can be a horrific experience for everyone involved. According to a report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, there were 34,439 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the United States in 2016. Those accidents resulted in 37,461 deaths. In the Garden State, 569 fatal accidents occurred with 601 fatalities as a result. In fact, 2016 was the deadliest year for fatal auto accidents in nearly a decade.
This can be a hard time for a family of a loved one who’s suffering from such a tragic event. And for the other driver, he or she could face serious legal consequences.
A Criminal and Personal Injury Nightmare
Not only is a fatal auto accident considered a criminal act, but it can also lead to a personal injury lawsuit. Let’s say your significant other was involved in a fatal accident and died as a result of his or her injuries from the accident. You find out that the other driver, who had survived, had been speeding at the time of the accident. According to the law, the speeding driver had committed an illegal act and can be arrested on a vehicular manslaughter charge.
You’re probably wondering where does the personal injury lawsuit come into play?
According to New Jersey’s wrongful death laws, the death of your significant other was caused by someone else’s negligent actions (the speeding driver who caused the accident). As a family member of the deceased, you can sue that driver for monetary compensation for any expenses that occurred from the accident. This includes the loss of wages if your significant other was the breadwinner in your relationship or of your family.
Contact Attorney Carbone
Losing a loved one from a fatal auto accident is a life-changing event for not only you but everyone involved. You are going to need an experienced auto accident attorney to help seek a solution for your possible financial losses while easing some of the burden thrust upon you.