In New Jersey and across America, motor vehicle accidents continue to be one of the leading causes of death and injury. Although modern vehicles and revamped traffic laws have made driving safer, injuries and death due to motor vehicle crashes are steadily climbing year over year. A recent car accident in Monmouth County claimed the life of an 82 year-old man.
The two-vehicle crash occurred along the Garden State Parkway during the early morning hours. Accident reports say the victim was traveling in the southbound express lane in a Nissan Versa when his car was struck from behind by a Lexus. The impact forced the Nissan into the grass median where it overturned, reports indicate.
According to authorities, the driver of the Nissan was ejected from the vehicle as it overturned. Tragically, he was later pronounced dead. He was a resident of Maine. Reportedly, the driver of the Lexus was not injured, and two other occupants suffered only minor injuries. New Jersey State Police said the express lane of the Parkway, where the accident occurred, remained closed for almost three hours following the crash.
These days, just going for a drive along New Jersey’s crowded roadways can be incredibly dangerous. What can be done when a loved one is lost due to negligence in a car accident? The surviving family members can file a wrongful death claim in civil court. A successful suit could result in much-needed compensation to the victim’s family that could be used to cover any financial losses as well as end-of-life expenses.
Source: Nj.com, “82-year-old killed in crash on Garden State Parkway“, Jeff Goldman, April 30, 2018