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New Jersey friendly reminder: drive safely to avoid fatalities

Residents of New Jersey may have heard of the two-car crash that claimed the life of a student from the College of Staten Island. New information has been provided by the investigation team contradicting the initial reports.

On July 22, an 18-year-old college student, together with her two friends, went to a water park near Sparta, New Jersey. On the way home, the Chevy Cobalt driven by the college student was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a Toyota Camry on Route 80 in Kearny. According to reports, the 29-year-old driver of the Toyota Camry had difficulty controlling the car and it went through the center lane and struck the right side of the Chevy Cobalt. The incident resulted in one fatality and injuries to three people.

This type of tragic event is sadly not new to people across the nation. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car accidents happen every 10 seconds in the United States. In similar cases, the court usually investigates the responsible driver and determines how reckless or negligent that driver was.

Reckless driving refers to the unsafe actions of a driver while on the road. Examples of reckless driving are constant speeding, improper lane changing and improper passing. Drivers who practice these acts have higher chances of getting involved in car accidents.

Another common cause of mishaps is negligent driving. Factors included in negligent driving are driving under the influence, failure to obey traffic signals and turning without the use of traffic signals. Road and safety rule modifications installed in vehicles were designed to keep drivers and passengers safe.

In a case like this, the victim would need to prove that the driver at fault was negligent. This is necessary so that the negligent driver's insurance company will compensate the victim for medical treatment and funeral expenses in the event of a fatality. In some cases, the insurance victim may not be awarded a sufficient amount to cover all expenses by the responsible party. The victim should seek advice from an expert who can see to it that the negligent party is accountable for all incurred expenses.

Source: Silive.com, "New details in crash that killed College of Staten Island student," John M. Annese, Oct. 23, 2012

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