As any resident can tell you, driving around New Jersey can be dangerous. We are a very populist state, located in a coastal gateway, and as a result, there are thousands of drivers on the road. However, what many may have not noticed is that our roads are slowly becoming safer.
In 2018, at this point, there were 260 crashes and 283 fatalities. Then, in 2019, at this point of the year, there were 246 fatal crashes and 266 fatalities. Finally, this year, as of July 7, 2020, we are down to 238 fatal crashes and 256 fatalities.
While these number can increase, the year-over-year trend is down, which is a good thing. However, lower numbers should not make residents act any less safe. Any fatal crash is too many crashes as the victim’s families are left to pick up the pieces of their lives.
What makes even these smaller numbers still infuriating is the knowledge that many of these fatal crashes and fatalities were caused by someone else’s negligence. Whether it is drinking and driving, distracted driving, or aggressive driving, these negligent drivers caused the death of another. And, the victims of this negligence have a way to seek justice, a personal injury lawsuit.
Of course, a personal injury lawsuit cannot bring back a dead loved one, but it can help the victim’s family get back to financial normalcy and punish the negligent driver. The money recovered from the lawsuit can pay for medical bills, fixing the car or buying a new one, or anything else the family needs to bring back some semblance of normalcy.
Unfortunately, filing and winning these types of lawsuits can be complicated and challenging. In fact, while the police always perform an investigation for fatal crashes, additional resources may be needed to conduct a secondary investigation for trial purposes. This is why contacting a professional as soon as possible can make all the difference.