Auto-pedestrian accidents regularly result in severe injuries and death because pedestrians are virtually helpless in those situations. If a pedestrian accident results in death, the family of the victim may have the option to file a wrongful death lawsuit, which can hold a negligent driver further accountable while allowing a family to obtain compensation for their loss.
A group leaving an East Brunswick synagogue was struck by a vehicle on Sept. 15. The driver of the vehicle struck the group as it was standing on a curb at the intersection of Hardenburg Lane and Dunham's Corner Road. Witnesses state that the driver was speeding and appeared to be trying to turn right before the light turned red. The car then jumped the curb and hit the pedestrians, as well as a utility pole.
A woman and her husband were killed outright in the accident. Their son, 27, and another couple were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. The driver of the vehicle was also taken for medical care, and charges have not yet been issued in the incident.
The family of a person killed in such an accident may have the option to file a wrongful death suit to help recover monetary compensation. While no amount of money can ever repair the damage that unexpectedly losing a loved one inflicts, it can help cover medical bills, funeral costs and other related expenses. Understanding the rights of the victims in such cases and seeking to gather all pertinent information about the event is the first step toward pursuing compensation after a major, life-changing accident. The devastation of losing a loved one shouldn't be coupled with a substantial financial burden.
Source: WABC, "2 dead in East Brunswick car accident," Sept. 15, 2012