Many in East Orange may not look at a single-car crash as being capable of producing a liability claim (considering the issue of fault seems to be a moot point). Yet that line of thinking discounts the responsibility that drivers have for the safety of the passengers they are transporting.
Some might argue that passengers (at the very least, adult passengers) accept whatever risks are inherent in traveling in a vehicle when they choose to accept a ride. There are, however, certainly negligent actions that a driver might engage in which there is no excusing.
Driver charged in fatal accident
Authorities seem to believe that a man’s behavior behind the wheel demonstrated as much in a recent accident that occurred in Fairview. He currently faces vehicular homicide charges (along with other offenses) after driving a car into a utility pole. Although exact details regarding the charges pending against the man were not released, officials dis say the passenger traveling with him sustained serious injuries which later contributed to his death.
Potentially negligent driver actions
If asked what sort of actions behind the wheel demonstrate negligence, one might respond with speeding, purposely driving recklessly or driving while intoxicated. Each of these certainly demonstrates an indifference for the safety of others (including whatever passengers may be in a driver’s vehicle).
However, there are more subtle acts (or omissions) that may be equally as threatening to others’ safety. Chief among these may be not ensuring that passengers wear safety restraints. Again, many may say that passengers should protect themselves by wearing seat belts, yet a driver can ensure that they do this by refusing to drive until they do. Not checking could open a driver up to clams of liability. Anyone wishing to make such a claim may first want to seek out the services of an experienced attorney.