Sometimes, negligence takes place in situations involving only one car with passengers and a driver. The driver may make a bad decision, like talking on the phone or looking away from the road, and this could cause an accident. When that happens and a passenger is killed, it's possible that the passenger's family could file a wrongful death claim.
If you've suffered the loss of a loved one or been injured in a car accident, you have the right to file a claim. The driver should be held responsible for the safety of everyone he or she drives.
Take for instance this case. A woman was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Garden State Parkway; she was being driven by another woman at around 1:41 a.m. They were heading north on the highway when the driver suddenly lost control of the SUV for no apparent reason, according to the news.
The SUV ran off the side of the road and collided with a tree. The driver, age 46, was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, and she suffered serious injuries.She was rushed to the hospital when the emergency medical team reached the scene.
Her passenger, a 45-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident when the authorities arrived. As of the time of the report from June 18, police had not finished investigating the accident, so it wasn't clear if alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.
In cases like this, families feel the loss of their loved ones. They wonder what they could have done or if negligence played a role. Depending on the outcome of the police investigation in your case, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim.
Source: NJ.com, "Woman killed after car hits tree on Garden State Parkway, police said," MaryAnn Spoto, NJ Advance Media, June 18, 2016