As the loved one of someone who has passed away, you may feel it's your duty to make sure you seek justice for your loved one. While it's up to police and prosecutors to deal with any criminal charges when necessary, you can file a wrongful death claim against anyone who causes a fatal traffic accident that kills someone you love. Families in situations like this case may be entitled to compensation for their losses.
A West Milford man was killed after being involved in the crash on Route 23. The man, only 20 years old, was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a high-speed race.
The crash, which happened on July 29, occurred when the vehicle went out of control and crashed just before midnight. The 20-year-old man and two others were ejected from the vehicle. He was critically injured and taken by helicopter to St. Joseph's Regional Medical Center The other two were in less serious condition and were taken to Morristown Medical Center. It's not clear if they have been able to identify the other driver in the second racing vehicle.
Unfortunately, in this situation, the driver of the second vehicle involved in the race fled the scene, and police hadn't said if they've been able to identify who it was. They have indicated that they may file charges against the driver of the vehicle in which the 20-year-old man was riding, although they have not stated that directly.
Whenever a loved on is involved in a serious or fatal vehicle crash, it's important to determine who can and should be held liable for medical fees, burial costs, lost wages and other damages. A New Jersey attorney can provide guidance.
Source: NorthJersey.com, "West Milford man dies of injuries suffered in Route 23 crash in Butler," Gene Myers and Abbott Koloff, The Record, Aug. 10, 2016