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New Jersey car crash leaves 1 dead

An Oct. 13 crash involving three vehicles in Woolwich left a man dead, according to authorities. A New Jersey State Trooper stated that the early morning incident took place near mile marker 11 on the New Jersey Turnpike.

That is where a southbound pickup truck drove into the back of a semi-truck, officials said. The collision reportedly caused the semi-truck to overturn in the middle of the roadway, where it was then struck by a utility truck.

Officials pronounced the driver of the utility truck, whose identity was not immediately disclosed, dead at the scene of the wreck. Authorities reported that the driver of the pickup truck suffered minor injuries as a result of the incident. The driver of the semi-truck did not report suffering any injuries.

As this case illustrates, car accidents can transpire in a sudden and violent manner, wreaking immense damage. The people involved in these accidents are susceptible to a wide range of injuries, some of which may prove to be disabling. Worse yet, some car accidents result in fatalities.

When individuals do in fact die on account of an auto accident, their families may wish to pursue civil action in the event that the accident was caused by another party’s recklessness or negligence. For example, if a preponderance of evidence were to indicate that impaired driving contributed to the fatal accident, the family of the deceased accident victim may retain an attorney and file a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver.

In order to prevail in such a lawsuit, bereaved family members and their lawyer must show a civil court that the at-fault party should be held responsible for the wreck and its resulting damages. If successful, claimants in a wrongful death suit might be awarded restitution for the pecuniary losses they suffered in relation to the accident.

Source: NJ.com, “1 killed in New Jersey Turnpike crash in Woolwich Township“, Mark Daniels, October 13, 2014

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