Collisions can easily occur when New Jersey drivers are negligent. Falling asleep at the wheel, texting while driving or otherwise failing to pay attention to surroundings could all be considered negligent acts committed by a distracted driver. A priest and his sister were recently killed in a crash involving a possibly negligent driver.
Investigators stated that the two victims were riding in a minivan. Their van was stopped at a red light when the accident occurred. Another driver in a truck failed to slow down and rear ended their vehicle. No charges have been made against the driver believed to be at fault, but authorities are continuing to investigate the crash.
According to reports, the female victim died instantly. It is unknown how long the priest survived after the collision. No injuries were reported regarding the driver of the truck.
Though nothing can bring back the lives lost in this tragic collision, the surviving family of the victims may find some relief through filing wrongful death claims in civil court against the driver believed to be responsible. Any separate owner of the vehicle the offending driver was operating may also be added as a defendant in such litigation. If the family’s claims are successful, they could then be awarded monetary damages that could help pay for funeral costs and any other financial losses related to the accident. Any New Jersey resident who has lost a loved one at the hands of a distracted driver can consult an experienced personal injury attorney to learn more information about this type of claim and to obtain assistance in pursuing appropriate claims in court.
Source: abc7ny.com, “Beloved Hoboken priest and sister killed in car crash in Freehold, New Jersey“, Josh Einiger, June 6, 2017