St. Patrick’s Day has come and gone but for some the memory of the annual rite of spring will not fade quickly. Alcohol has become, for some, an integral part of the day’s festivities in New Jersey, and along with this comes the increased chance of being involved in a serious car accident. One such accident happened in Newark early on the morning of St. Patrick’s Day.
A 20-year-old man was driving around the area at about 1 a.m. The car struck another vehicle causing significant damage to both vehicles. The driver of the other car was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger in the 20-year-old’s car was seriously injured and was transported to an area hospital for treatment.
It is not known if alcohol or speed contributed to the cause of the crash. The accident happened at an intersection and may have involved a failure to yield. The driver has been charged with aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and assault by auto. The crash remains under investigation.
Driving a car is a serious responsibility and traffic laws exist to protect the public from a potential car accident. The loss of a loved one because of a New Jersey accident that may have been preventable can leave those left behind feeling helpless and in shock. There is no way to turn back the clock and undo the tragedy. Consulting with a personal injury attorney could provide a client with information on whether a civil suit against the party deemed responsible is a viable option. A successful lawsuit can provide compensation for medical costs, final costs and other verifiable losses.