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Driver negligence probable in deadly New Jersey accident

Most New Jersey drivers are aware that during and after it has been raining, the chance that a vehicle may not have the traction needed to stay on the roadway increases.  If a vehicle also happens to be going above the posted speed limit, this is a recipe for disaster.  Failing to consider the prevailing road conditions while driving could be considered negligence.

Police believe this combination of factors at least contributed to a crash that occurred on a recent Saturday night.  Someone living in the area called 911 to advise law enforcement officials that an accident happened in the wooded area near a residence that was not on the road itself.  When police responded to the scene, an overturned vehicle was found resting on its side that obviously slammed into a tree.   

The only person found alive was the backseat passenger.  That person's injuries were serious enough that he or she needed to be transported to Morristown Medical Center by helicopter.  Whether that person remains hospitalized was is not known.  When the driver and passenger in the front seat of the vehicle were pulled from the wreckage, it was discovered that they had suffered fatal injuries in the crash.

The family of the deceased passenger and the injured passenger retain the right to file civil actions against the estate of the driver.  Successfully proving negligence to a New Jersey court's satisfaction could lead to an award of damages typically seen in these types of cases.  Any monetary restitution received could help with the financial burdens associated with an unexpected death or serious injury.

Source:, "2 killed, 1 injured in accident on Route 22 in Scotch Plains", Erin O'Neill, Sept. 14, 2014

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