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New Jersey teenager killed in crash with tractor trailer

Nothing can be more painful than the loss of a loved one. Hearts are broken and sometimes the specter of financial doom may confront surviving family members, particularly if the fatality involves the death of the family's major source of financial support.

New Jersey residents are generally aware of the conditions that must be met to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Usually this condition is that a deceased's relative believes that a negligent party is responsible for the death of his or her relative. The person may have died in a car accident or due to medical malpractice. In a wrongful death lawsuit, a plaintiff needs to provide less proof than a criminal case.

In a recent case, an 18-year-old truck driver died last week in an accident on a New Jersey highway in the early hours of the morning. Another person was injured in the collision between the pick-up truck and tractor-trailer. The accidental death took place at the crossroad where the victim had stopped his car at a red traffic signal. The tractor-trailer hit the truck and as a result of this impact, the truck went up in flames.

A person who was standing nearby tried to pull the 18-year-old truck driver from the flaming vehicle. He was taken to a medical center for treatment. All traffic on the local street was closed for a few hours as a result of this fatality.

The police are undertaking an investigation into the cause of the accident and if it can be proved that the tractor-trailer driver was at fault, then the surviving family members can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver. Compensation for a fatality covers medical expenses, wages lost and other benefits and it is wise to consult an attorney in a wrongful death lawsuit.

Source: NJ.com, "18-year-old driver killed in fiery truck crash on Route 22 in Green Brook," Walter O' Brien, Oct. 9, 2014

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