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Truck driver charged in deadly accident

A dump truck and a passenger vehicle collided on July 18 in New Jersey in an accident that ended with the death of a 59-year-old man. One of the drivers involved in the truck accident faces a number of charges, including death by auto, according to official reports.

Witnesses to the accident told investigators that the driver of the dump truck, identified as a 38-year-old Westampton man, was driving very fast and erratically when the collision occurred at an intersection in Lawrence. The truck allegedly rammed into a passenger vehicle driven by a 59-year-old Trenton man. The car was stopped at a red light when the impact occurred.

Immediately after the collision, witnesses say that both the car and the dump truck traveled about 200 feet, coming to rest in a nearby lake. Emergency responders spent several hours working to remove the dump truck from the water before they were able to extricate the driver. He was taken to a hospital and has been placed under arrest; his bail has been set at $250,000.

When a person is killed in a collision, in addition to the emotional impact of the accident the victim's family might be faced with a number of financial challenges. In many cases, costs associated with the death, including expenses stemming from funeral and burial services as well as lost financial support, might place undue economic stress on a household. However, when these incidents occur, the victim's family might choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the party that apparently caused the accident with the help of a personal injury lawyer. Through that action, the plaintiffs might be reimbursed for the expenses stemming from the accident.

Source: FOX News, "Dump truck driver charged in fatal accident in which car wound up submerged in New Jersey lake", July 18, 2014

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