Wrong-way crashes can be horrific. A person driving in the right direction on a highway in New Jersey does not expect to see someone coming at them from the other direction. This happened to a young man on his way to work in Patterson at about 4:40 a.m. on Route 80 near Woodland Park. It resulted in a fatal car accident that took the life of a well-liked area shopkeeper.
An area bagel shop owner was on his way to work early one morning. He was driving a Honda CRV. The other vehicle, a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, was headed the wrong way on Route 80 and struck the Honda.
The driver of the Honda was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Grand Cherokee is listed in serious condition at an area hospital. No charges have been filed but the cause of the crash is still under investigation.
The shock and grief experienced at the sudden death of a loved one in New Jersey can be overwhelming. As the shock subsides family and loved ones may look for some relief. Though nothing can bring the loved one back, the family may be able to bring a civil suit against a party or parties believed to be responsible for the car accident. Speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney may be able to help the family determine if they have a viable case. A successfully litigated claim can aid with medical expenses, vehicle damage costs, final costs and other documented losses.