Law enforcement authorities in New Jersey are currently investigating a crash that took the life of a young state trooper. As he was on-the-job at the time of his death, his new bride may be able to access work comp death benefits to help her handle the economic challenges that are likely to present due to the loss of life. She may also file civil claims against the estate of the driver believed responsible for her husband’s untimely death.
On the evening of Dec. 5, police received reports of a man driving erratically in the southbound lanes of Route 55. The 31-year-old trooper was called to respond to the reports. While he was in the northbound lanes, his patrol car was struck by a vehicle that crossed the median from the southbound lanes. The trooper was airlifted to a medical facility where he succumbed to his injuries.
The individual believed responsible for this crash was a 61-year-old male. He is said to have died at the accident scene. It is thought that a medical condition may have caused him to collide with the trooper. However, police are still in the process of determining the official cause of the accident.
This tragic accident has affected the lives of so many. Per the laws of New Jersey, the troopers surviving family members may access work comp death benefits to help cover their current and future losses. An experienced attorney can help the family to achieve the maximum benefit to which they are entitled. They may also file wrongful death actions against the estate of the driver deemed responsible for the accident. If navigated successfully, such actions may result in the awarding of further financial compensation for both the economic and non-economic losses sustained.
Source: philly.com, “Other driver’s illness may have caused crash that killed him, N.J. trooper“, Robert Moran, Dec. 8, 2016